Gaetz: 'Sexual Conduct' Probe Is Based on False Allegations

Brenda Watkins
March 31, 2021

While he was with the DOJ he would never have entertained a scheme such as what Congressman Gaetz suggests nor would he today.

The Justice Department is investigating whether Rep. Matt Gaetz, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, had a possible sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. Gaetz denies any criminal wrongdoing. "On March 16, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making frightful sex trafficking allegations against me go away". People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case'. "You were accused of something that you did not do", Gaetz told Carlson.

At one point, in what appeared to be an effort to get Carlson to relate to his circumstances, the lawmaker mentioned that the Fox News host had been falsely accused of rape years ago. Which, as you saw, he did. "I don't think that clarified much, but it certainly showed this is a deeply interesting story". He followed up by pressing Gaetz on the identity of the 17-year-old girl he allegedly had a relationship with, but the Florida Republican claimed the "person doesn't exist".

The interview then took a sudden turn, with Gaetz - who was in the midst of arguing that this "era of politics" was dominated by smear campaigns to try to take people "out of the conversation" - brought up an accusation that had been made against Carlson years ago. The person could not publicly discuss the details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Mr Gaetz said his lawyers had been informed that he was the subject of an investigation but that he was not a target of the probe.

Representative Matt Gaetz is reportedly under investigation.

Gaetz alleged that the allegations were part of an extortion plot by a former Justice Department official, whom he did not name.

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Gaetz accused McGee live on Carlson's show of trying to extort millions of dollars out of him and his family in exchange for "making disgusting sex trafficking allegations against me go away".

"The planted leak to the FBI tonight was meant to thwart that investigation", Gaetz said. He demanded the Justice Department release the recordings.

"No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation", he said.

Three sources told the Times that the investigation into Gaetz is part of a broader probe into Gaetz' ally, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, who is facing a slew of charges, including sex trafficking of a child.

'I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I've dated, ' Gaetz said.

"I only know that it has to do with women". "And I'm just troubled the the lack of any sort of legitimate investigation into me would then permute, would then convert into this extortion attempt".

Neither Gaetz's office nor a Fox News spokesperson immediately responded to a request for comment from The Washington Post early on Wednesday morning.

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