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The House Ethics Committee on Friday opened a probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican who is under investigation for potential violation of sex-trafficking laws. The panel said in a statement it is aware of allegations against Gaetz, including that he "may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use." The New York Times reported earlier this week that Gaetz sought a blanket pardon for himself and others during the waning weeks of the Trump administration. Former President Donald Trump denied the report on Wednesday.