Rep. Matt Gaetz facing sex trafficking probe

Brenda Watkins
April 1, 2021

"We have a new market up today on if Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) will resign before May 1".

Rep. Matt Gaetz confirmed Tuesday night that he is under federal investigation over a possible sexual relationship with an underage girl, while declaring the allegations false. But there are no rules addressing lawmakers under investigation. "Those are serious implications", McCarthy said.

However, if the accusations of sex trafficking a minor are true, he agreed that "we would remove him" from his committee assignments. "So let's get all the information".

Investigators are reportedly looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship two years ago with a then-17-year-old girl, and whether Gaetz may have paid for her to travel across state lines with her. Nonetheless, Gaetz says both of these are proof that "we are in an era of our politics, where people are smeared to try to take them out of the conversation".

The case, which reached the highest levels of the Justice Department, has been going on for almost a year and former Attorney General William Barr was briefed on the matter several times, the people said. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case'.

Some Democrats have called for his committee positions to be revoked.

'It is a awful allegation and it is a lie, ' he told Carlson.

In late 2017, Gaetz was the only member of Congress to vote against a bill meant to use the Department of Transportation to assist in combating human trafficking, arguing against the expansion of the role of the federal government. "I think four years to eight years sounds about right".

"Remember all the conspiracy theories and lies like Trump/Russia collusion and propaganda that the media has spread around". "I don't quite understand it".

In an interview with the Daily Beast, McGee denied the allegations of blackmail, saying that any reports of extortion are "completely, totally false". But during the course of an investigation, a subject can become a target.

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Gaetz told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that his family had notified the FBI about the alleged extortion, naming McGee as being behind it. Gaetz said his father had worn a wire during a meeting as part of an investigation of the extortion claim, and that he believes the Times story had been leaked in order to thwart that investigation. "I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicates their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations".

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

"The Justice Department regularly prosecutes such cases, and offenders often receive severe sentences", writes the Times.

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

The scrutiny of Gaetz stemmed from a separate Justice Department probe into one of his political allies and fellow Florida politician, Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on sex trafficking and other charges that he stalked a political opponent, the person familiar with the matter said.

A judge ordered the former tax collector back to jail earlier this month for violating the conditions of his release.

"I only know that it has to do with women", Gaetz told the newspaper. You know, I've paid for flights, for hotel rooms.

"I don't remember the woman you are speaking of or the context at all, honestly", Carlson cut in to say, visibly stunned. "And she was actually threatened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told that if she wouldn't cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay for play scheme that she could face trouble, and so I do believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to smear me".

Mr Gaetz has not been charged with a crime. He reiterated to The Washington Post that he was not connected with any extortion attempt against Gaetz or with a Justice Department investigation of him.

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