Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a staunch and brash media defender of Donald Trump, mentioned that he was underneath federal investigation for sexual conduct with ladies, but additionally is the sufferer of a prison extortion try.
The allegations come simply hours after Axios reported that Gaetz was contemplating not looking for reelection and as a substitute would take a submit at Newsmax.
The New York Times broke the story a couple of Justice Department investigation of Gaetz over “whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him.” Axios then posted on the investigation and spoke to the congressman for 13 minutes, by which he mentioned,”The allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to me are false. They are rooted in an extortion effort in opposition to my household for $25 million … in alternate for making this case go away.”
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On Twitter, Gaetz wrote, “Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name. We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals. The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation. No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation. 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.”
Over the previous a number of weeks my household and I’ve been victims of an organized prison extortion involving a former DOJ official looking for $25 million whereas threatening to smear my identify.
We have been cooperating with federal authorities on this matter…
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 30, 2021
Gaetz informed Axios that the specifics of the investigation of him are “unclear,” and he mentioned that his attorneys have been informed that he was “not a target but a subject of an investigation regarding sexual conduct with women.”
He will seem on Tuesday on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.