US Congressman accused of sex with underage girl showed colleagues videos of naked women he'd slept with - report

Republican Matt Gaetz is a loyal defender of former US President Donald Trump.
Republican Matt Gaetz is a loyal defender of former US President Donald Trump. Photo credit: Getty

A US Congressman being investigated for sex trafficking was well-known for showing lawmakers videos and photos of naked women he'd slept with, according to a report.

Republican Matt Gaetz - a loyal defender of former President Donald Trump who was this week accused of sleeping with an underage girl - regularly bragged about his sexual escapades to colleagues, multiple sources told CNN.

One told the news outlet Gaetz once showed people images of women while in the House of Representatives. Another said he once showed them a video containing footage of a naked woman using a hula hoop.

"It was a point of pride," they explained.

The pictures are not believed to be connected to the Department of Justice's investigation into sex trafficking allegations made against Gaetz.

On Thursday (NZ time), Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would not strip Representative Matt Gaetz of his committee assignments without proof that he has engaged in wrongdoing, as Democrats have demanded.

Gaetz is being investigated by the US Justice Department for possibly violating sex-trafficking laws by paying travel expenses for a 17-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved, according to a US enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Gaetz has denied wrongdoing.

The story was first reported in the New York Times.

"Those are serious implications. If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him, if that was the case. But right now, Matt Gaetz says that it's not true and we don't have any information. So let's get all the information," McCarthy said on Fox News.

He said he expected to speak to Gaetz later on Wednesday.

Gaetz, an outspoken 38-year-old conservative who has cast himself as an avid leader in Trump's America First movement, has denied the allegations and said in a statement that he and his family are the victims of an "organized crime extortion".

Democrats called on McCarthy to strip Gaetz of his committee assignments while the federal probe is underway, especially his seat on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department. Gaetz also sits on the House Armed Services Committee. 

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