Live Updates: Second Gaetz Aide Said to Have Quit Amid Widening Investigation

Live Updates: Second Gaetz Aide Said to Have Quit Amid Widening Investigation

A second senior aide to Representative Matt Gaetz quit amid a widening Justice Department inquiry.Erin Schaff/The New York Times WASHINGTON — A second senior aide to Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, abruptly quit in recent days as the congressman tries to fend off a Justice Department sex trafficking investigation and mounting public scrutiny, according to three people familiar with the decision. The aide, Devin Murphy, resigned as Mr. Gaetz’s legislative director on Friday. He told associates that he was interested in writing bills, not working at TMZ — equating the work that Mr. Gaetz’s aides were now handling to the tabloid publication, according to one of the people, who all asked not to be identified discussing a sensitive personnel matter. His departure last week came hours after Mr. Gaetz’s communications director, Luke Ball, also resigned . They were among the most senior members of the congressman’s staff in Washington and their exits suggest that even as he vows to remain in the House, Mr. Gaetz may be facing a hollowing-out of his support team. Mr. Murphy, who had worked for Mr. Gaetz since he came to Congress in 2017, declined to comment on Thursday, but his LinkedIn page recorded that he left his position this month. The congressman’s office also declined to comment. One of the people who confirmed Mr. Murphy’s departure said the parting had not been contentious. Mr. Gaetz faced another setback on Thursday when lawyers for the government and a key ally ensnared in the […]

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