Female staff members of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) came out in his defense on Thursday without actually coming out in his defense.
The congressman is currently being investigated for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her to travel across state lines.
So far, most of the GOP hasn’t publicly supported Gaetz, except for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and, tepidly, former President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, as reports circulated that Joel Greenberg, a key figure in the Gaetz investigation was considering a plea deal, a group calling itself the “Women of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office” released a statement defending him as “a principled and morally grounded leader.”
However, Wyant did not sign the statement, nor did any of the other female staff members who supposedly support Gaetz:
After the shocking allegations last week in the press, we, the women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, feel morally obligated to speak out. During Congressman Gaetz’s time in office, we have been behind the scenes every step of the way. We have staffed his meetings. We have planned his events. We have traveled with him.
And we have tracked his schedule. Congressman Gaetz has always been a principled and morally grounded leader. At no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect. No hint of impropriety. No ounce of untruthfulness.
In our office and under Congressman Gaetz’s leadership, women are not only respected, but have been encouraged time and time again to grow, achieve more, and ultimately, know our value. Many of us started in entry-level positions and have been promoted to positions of leadership within the office. In our professional ecosystem, women are given every opportunity to advance and utilize our talents to help the country in the best possible way.
On every occasion he has treated each and every one of us with respect. Thus, we uniformly reject these allegations as false.
Congressman Gaetz will continue to lead by example and stand for the people of America who have been maligned by the liberal elite. And we will stand with him. While we recognize the scrutiny we will face for making this decision, we take comfort in the hope that more Americans and elected officials will stand up and refuse to remain silent.
Many Twitter users also decided not to remain silent about the statement.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.