“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,” he wrote. “The rot starts at the top,” Gaetz wrote. Gaetz said the panel is required to investigate, regardless of what Burchett does in the aftermath of the confrontation with McCarthy. “While Rep. Burchett is within his rights to decline to press charges against Rep. McCarthy, your Committee does have a duty to investigate breaches of the binding Code of Official Conduct, whose first rule is that ‘A Member … shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.’ There is substantial evidence that Rep. McCarthy breached this duty,” the letter said. “Given Rep. Burchett’s comments on the matter, and the statements of public witnesses, I request the House Committee on Ethics to proceed immediately with an investigation into the facts of today’s incident, including interviewing, under oath, the alleged assailant and assailee, and any witnesses,” the letter said. McCarthy has denied that he elbowed Burchett, saying that the hallway was crowded at the time, according to Axios. National Public Radio congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales has said she witnessed McCarthy jab Burchett.
Both Gaetz and Burchett voted to remove McCarthy as speaker, and McCarthy recently unloaded on the group in an interview w/ @mkraju — with McCarthy especially singling out Gaetz & noting Gaetz is under investigation by Ethics.Now Gaetz is elevating their feud even further. — Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) November 14, 2023
Burchett was one of the eight Republicans who successfully voted to vacate McCarthy from the speaker’s office last month, according to The Washington Post. Burchett pursued McCarthy, according to social media posts by Grisales. “Why’d you elbow me in the back, Kevin?!” Burchett was reported as saying in an X post by Grisales, adding, “Hey Kevin, you got any guts!?”
Burchett’s back was to McCarthy and his detail walking by in the hallway, then the lunge.Burchett responded jokingly as McCarthy kept walking, “Sorry Kevin didn’t mean to elbow –” then seriously yelled, “why’d you elbow me in the back Kevin?! Hey Kevin, you got any guts!?” — Claudia Grisales (@cgrisales) November 14, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.