Rep. Matt Gaetz denied former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s assertion that he moved against him for not helping tamp down an ethics investigation.
“That's totally false," Gaetz told Fox News on Tuesday night.
"I’m the most investigated man in the entire United States Congress,” he said, adding he’d been cleared by several law enforcement agencies.
He insisted his move against McCarthy was due to his job performance. Gaetz also pushed back on McCarthy suggesting the eight who voted against him are not conservatives.
Gaetz also defended fundraising off of the vote today, saying he was the only Republican member of Congress who rejected money from PACs and lobbyists.
"The only way I'm able to advance my political goals is just regular folks give me 10, 20, $30. So I will take no lecture from the likes of people who do three lobbyist fundraisers a day and trade favors in order to get cash from special interest on how I raise money.”