GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz under investigation for alleged sex trafficking of teen

Katie Ramirez
March 31, 2021

The DOJ is investigating Gaetz for potential violations of federal sex trafficking laws.

Gaetz said his lawyers were told by the DOJ that "I was not a target but a subject of an investigation regarding sexual conduct with women". "I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward", Gaetz said in a statement. I think someone is trying to make that look criminal when it is not."Asked whether any of the women he interacted with were minors, Gaetz said he was "absolutely" sure none of them were". Back from commercial, Tucker Carlson proclaims that the interview he just conducted with Gaetz was "one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted." Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 31, 2021 After returning from commercial break, a stunned-looking Carlson remarked on his unusual conversation with Gaetz."You just saw our Matt Gaetz interview".

McGee told The Daily Beast Gaetz's assertions were "completely, totally false".

"I can say that actually you and I went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there, and I brought a friend of mine". I've been, you know, generous as a partner.

Separately, Axios reported Tuesday that Gaetz was telling confidants he was contemplating not seeking reelection and possibly leaving his post early for a job at Newsmax, a conservative media outlet.

The Times reported that the probe is part of a "broader investigation into. political ally".

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The investigation into Gaetz's alleged relationship with the 17-year-old grew from a federal case against a different Florida Republican: Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector who was charged last summer with sex trafficking of a child and a medley of other charges.

The following year, Gaetz expressed support for Greenberg's successful bid for local office, predicting he would someday make a great member of Congress.

"The planted leak to the FBI tonight was meant to thwart that investigation", Gaetz said. The Times reported he pleaded not guilty. "No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation".

In December 2017, Gaetz was also the only House lawmaker to vote against a bill that allotted more money to the federal government to fight human trafficking. I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations."During his appearance on Carlson's primetime show, Gaetz continued to profess his innocence, saying the allegations about the teenager are "verifiably false" while reiterating his previous claims that the whole situation stems from an extortion plot".

"My father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI's direction to catch these criminals".

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