Following reports of an alleged altercation between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has filed an ethics complaint against McCarthy.
Two witnesses, including a reporter from NPR, corroborated Burchett’s account that McCarthy had allegedly “shoved” him with a “clean shot to the kidneys.”
Gaetz, who had led the charge to remove McCarthy as Speaker of the House, stated that he believes this incident is indicative of McCarthy’s “bully” behavior.
In addition to this alleged altercation, it was reported that McCarthy had been working behind the scenes to undermine any potential candidate for Speaker in order to remain in his own position. Meanwhile, McCarthy continues to deny these accusations.
McCarthy has recently expressed his displeasure with the “crazy eight,” who voted to remove him as Speaker after he was unable to fulfill promises made during his election campaign.
McCarthy’s ongoing criticism of those who have sought to remove him is likely motivated by the ethics complaint lodged against him today by Representative Matt Gaetz.
Investigative journalist Nick Sortor reports,
???? JUST IN: @MattGaetz has officially filed an ethics complaint against Kevin McCarthy after the former Speaker ASSAULTED Rep. Tim Burchett today at the US Capitol
According to Burchett, the attack was a “sucker punch” and “a clean shot to the kidney.”
McCarthy is absolutely… pic.twitter.com/clgDnxre9h
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) November 14, 2023
“It has come to my attention that this morning, November 14, 2023, following a meeting of the House Republican Conference, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) assaulted Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN) in the hallways of Capitol complex. This assault was witnessed by multiple people, including Claudia [Grisales] of NPR, who was interviewing Rep. Burchett at the time,” the complaint begins.
“Needless to say, this incident deserves immediate and swift investigation by the Ethics Committee. This Congress has seen a substantial increase in breaches of decorum unlike anything we have seen since the pre-Civil War era. I myself have been a victim of outrageous conduct on the House floor as well, but nothing like an open and public assault on a Member, committed by another Member. The rot starts at the top.”
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 14, 2023