Transcript for Matt Gaetz makes public appearance at Trump's club in Doral, Florida
congressman Matt Gaetz making his first public appearance since word that he's under a federal investigation for possible sex crimes. It comes as a new house ethics investigation is announced. ABC's Alex Presha joins us from Washington with more. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. So these are serious, serious allegations, but overnight, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz was in his home state, he publicly thanked his fiancee and assured the crowd that the best is yet to come. Overnight, embattled congressman Matt Gaetz at former president trump's club in Doral, Florida, before a crowd of mostly women doubling down. I'm not going anywhere. The smears against me range from distortions of my personal life to wild and I mean wild conspiracy theories. Reporter: Fiercely denying allegations including sexual misconduct and refusing calls to I can assure you the best is, indeed, yet to come. Keep fighting. Reporter: Gaetz is already under federal investigation. Possibly breaking sex trafficking laws. Now the house ethics committee is examining illicit drug use and whether he shared inappropriate images or videos on the house floor. The congressman's office responding in a statement saying, these allegations are blatantly false and not validated by a single human being. Gaetz is lawyering up, hiring a new legal team with ties to former president trump. ABC news has learned that Gaetz's friend and associate local politician Joel Greenberg could be cooperating with federal investigators. Sources tell ABC the justice department is focusing on whether Greenberg and Gaetz paid women who were allegedly recruited online cash and other forms for sex and travel. Joel Greenberg is now considering taking a plea deal which could have an impact on Gaetz. I'm sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today. To the extent he has information that he engaged in any of this illegal conduct with Matt Gaetz, he may be willing to offer that as a bargaining chip to fully try to reduce any sentence that he may be facing. Reporter: And while Gaetz strongly denied allegations on stage after last night's event the congressman ignored our questions. Talk to you later. Reporter: His staffers trying to block our cameras as he got in the car without saying a word. That house ethics committee can recommend punishments ranging from a reprimand to censure to expulsion and so far two Gaetz staffers have resigned amid these allegations. Eva. Alex Presha for us, thank you.
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