Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida is facing some serious accusations.
He’s currently under federal investigation and may be facing criminal charges over accusations that he slept with an underage girl and paid her to travel with him.
Gates, 38, denies the allegations and says he is being framed.
“The allegations against me are as searing as they are false. I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy,” Gaetz said.
In fact, Gaetz says that the investigation isn’t of him but is of people who are trying to extort him and his family.
What are the Specific Accusations Against Gaetz?
The allegations say that Gaetz paid for a 17-year-old girl to travel with him in the past and slept with her. He acknowledges that he’s looked after girls he was dating before when he was single, but denies that any were underage.
“I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I’ve dated. You know, I’ve paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I’ve been, you know, generous as a partner. I think someone is trying to make that look criminal when it is not.”
The Department of Justice has not issued any comment.
Gaetz was clear in denying any wrongdoing, saying “the allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false.”
In fact, Gaetz says that a former employee at the department of Justice called David McGee is trying to extort his family for $25 million.
It’s unclear what connection McGee has to the Gaetz family or why he specifically would have chosen the Congressman or those close to him to target with an extortion scheme, but at this stage Gaetz’s comments are almost all the details that are available on the potentially pending case.
Gaetz said his family have been “victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name,” and added that “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.”
WATCH: Rep. Matt Gaetz responds on Tucker Carlson Tonight to allegations of sexual misconduct:
He says a former DOJ official named David McGee is trying to extort is family for money
He says that the FBI and DOJ have audio recordings that will prove his innocence. pic.twitter.com/J95AEFtxsr
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 31, 2021
‘The People Pushing These Lies are Targets of the Ongoing Extortion Investigation’
According to Gaetz, he’s not only innocent, he’s actually helping the feds catch the bad guys who lied to the New York Times with leaking the story and are under investigation themselves.
“The planted leak to the New York Times 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,” Gaetz said.
Despite denying all the accusations, Gaetz seems to be a little shaken up and is reportedly thinking about stepping down instead of running again. He has apparently been offered a job working for Newsmax.
Gaetz represents a key district in Florida and has been a strong supporter of the MAGA movement. He was elected to Congress in 2016 and has become increasingly popular and well known among conservatives, but leaving for a media role could be a savvy move as it would increase his name ID even further and set the stage for an eventual Presidential run.
What do readers think? Is Gaetz in serious trouble here or is this some kind of political or financial scam that’s been run on him by a Deep State stooge?