Dem lawmaker shades Matt Gaetz at hearing: 'Somebody paying to have sex with a young girl'
House Rules Committee/screen grab

Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) used a hearing on Wednesday to allude to sex trafficking allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The House Rules Committee called the hearing to discuss a criminal referral for Steve Bannon to be held in contempt of Congress after he refused to testify before the January 6 Committee.

Gaetz appeared as a witness at the hearing to defend Bannon.

Torres, a committee member, had no questions for Gaetz. Instead, she hinted at the allegations against him while underscoring the importance of investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"It is unfortunate that we have to look at the moral character of how people deny and try to try and twist the truth around what happened. People died," Torres explained before hinting at the sex trafficking allegations.

"This is not about someone being sexually assaulted or somebody paying to have sex with a young girl or somebody not protecting people that are under their jurisdiction. This is about our democracy," she said.

Gaetz is reportedly being investigated for having a pay-for-sex relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The congressman has denied wrongdoing.

Watch the video below from the House Rules Committee.