A New York Times report about a Justice Department investigation into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida includes an allegation that the lawmaker took the drug ecstasy before sexual encounters.
The Times report, published Thursday, described several unnamed sources as saying Gaetz had paid women for sex. Two sources told The Times that some of the people involved, including Gaetz, had used ecstasy beforehand.
Gaetz has denied ever paying for sex and has said that all the allegations against him are false.
During his time in Florida’s Legislature, Gaetz advocated requiring recipients of public assistance to pass a drug test.
“I strongly support drug-testing for welfare recipients,” Gaetz said in a tweet in March 2011, when he was in Florida’s House of Representatives. “Applying for welfare is voluntary, if you don’t want to get tested don’t apply.”