The Justice Department is investigating whether Florida Republican MP Matt Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her trips with him, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
The government is currently investigating whether Gaetz has violated federal sex trafficking laws, according to the newspaper, which quoted three people who were briefed on the investigation. The congressman was not charged.
Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks prior to the Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida on February 26, 2021.
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The Justice Department declined to comment on the Times report to CNBC.
Gaetz, a 38-year-old conservative arsonist and close ally of former President Donald Trump, denied the allegations reported against him. He said he is being threatened in a $ 25 million “organized criminal extortion” program.
Gaetz went on to say that he works with the FBI and that his father “even carried a wire on orders from the FBI”.
Gaetz told Axios on Tuesday that he did not know what the specific allegations were against him.
When asked what they could refer to, Gaetz said to Axios: “In my individual days I definitely took care of women with whom I had an appointment. You know, I paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I was, you know you.” I think someone is trying to make this look criminal when it isn’t. “
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