Matt Gaetz Denies Allegations, Claims He's Victim Of Extortion
Matt Gaetz Denies Allegations, Claims He's Victim Of Extortion
Matt Gaetz Reportedly Being Investigated For Possible Sexual Relationship With 17-Year-Old Girl
31 March, 2021, 23:07
Sources familiar with the matter told The New York Times investigators are examining whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws by engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paying for her to travel with him.
The Justice Department has also been looking into whether Gaetz, 38, may have also been involved in relationships with other underage girls, the person said.
Congressman Matt Gaetz made an allegation on The Tucker Carlson show last night that David L. McGee, a partner in the firm of Beggs & Lane, had attempted to extort money from Gaetz and his family in exchange for McGee making the investigation against Congressman Gaetz "go away". The DOJ probe sought to determine whether Gaetz engaged in sex trafficking crimes, the Times said. I do believe there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to smear me.
The Times also reports that "the investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William Barr" with senior Justice Department officials aware of the inquiry.
He called the allegation that he had travelled with a 17-year-old girl "verifiably 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".
The probe has been underway for almost a year and Gaetz, who represents parts of western Florida, has been aware for months that he was under investigation, the person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.
Gaetz told Newsy that he is being extorted by a "former DOJ official" for $25 million.
"This is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that Matt Gaetz is apparently about to be indicted for sex trafficking underage girls", said McGee to the Daily Beast.
"I'm not the only person on screen right now who has been falsely accused of a bad sex act". "You were accused of something you did not do, so you know what this feels like". And of course, it was not true. "I'd never met the person". That was one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted'. During his tenure with the Department of Justice his reputation for integrity and ethical conduct was impeccable.
"I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I've dated", he told Axios.
"Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you're dating who are of legal age is not a crime", he told Carlson.
The investigation began in the final months of former President Donald Trump's administration under Attorney General William Barr and was part of an investigation into Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in northern Florida, who was indicted previous year on charges of sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people, including one underage girl, in exchange for sex.
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