Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has claimed that his nemesis Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may end up being expelled from Congress.
According to the New York Post, McCarthy made the suggestion during an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” over the weekend.
“I think once that Ethics complaint comes forward, he could have the same problem as Santos has,” McCarthy said.
He added, “I think the conference would be probably better united to be able to move forward and get this all done.”
McCarthy, here, is referring to Rep. George Santos (R-NY).
As Slay News has reported, there is an effort to expel Santos from Congress.
A House Ethics Committee report on Santos found “substantial evidence” that he “violated federal criminal laws.”
Meanwhile, Gaetz is facing his own House Ethics Committee review.
The ethics complaint regards accusations of illicit drug use and sexual misconduct, among other things.
The congressman maintains that he has done nothing wrong, however.
Just last month, he said:
“I am the most investigated man in the United States Congress.
“It seems that the Ethics Committee’s interest in me waxes and wanes based on my relationship with the speaker.”
The Florida congressman was referring to McCarthy.
Gaetz was instrumental in bringing about the House’s removal of McCarthy from the speakership position.
He also fought against McCarthy is his initial run for speaker earlier this year.
There is no love lost between these two men.
McCarthy has had some problems of his own, recently.
Gaetz has filed an ethics complaint against McCarthy.
Gaetz did so after McCarthy was accused of elbowing U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN).
“He just elbowed me in the kidneys,” Burchett said.
“It was deliberate. It was just a cheap shot.”
Kinzinger specifically alleges that McCarthy gave him a “shoulder check” on at least two occasions.
While making the claim on social media, Kinzinger conveniently noted that the allegation is detailed in his book.
McCarthy has denied doing anything intentional to Burchett.
He addressed the Burchett accusation once again during his Fox News appearance on Sunday.
“If anybody got bumped, it was not intentional,” McCarthy said.
“It’s just a crowded hallway, where everybody’s walking out at one time.
“If somebody got bumped because of a narrow hallway, it happens all the time.
“It was not intentional.
“I know no one got punched in the process.”
It does not appear as though McCarthy, at the time of this writing, has addressed the accusations made by Kinzinger.