© Alex Wong/Getty ImagesGaetz speaks to members of the media outside the hearing Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies at before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform at Rayburn House Office Building February 27, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Last year Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine for tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, unlawful excessive campaign contributions and lying to Congress as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger became the first congressional Republican to call on his colleague from Florida, Rep. Matt Gaetz, to resign in the face of a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.
"Matt Gaetz needs to resign," Kinzinger tweeted Thursday night, linking to a Daily Beast article about Gaetz that CNN has not confirmed.
The moderate Illinois Republican has been a frequent critic of his own party, especially its embrace of Donald Trump and the former President's lies about election fraud.
Gaetz has denied all allegations. Staring down the allegations against him, Gaetz has been reaching for a familiar, in-your-face strategy perfected over the last four years by Trump, who fueled his unconventional rise.
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