GOP Rep. Gaetz Investigated Over Sexual Relationship

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said Tuesday he is under investigation for alleged sex trafficking of an underage girl claiming the allegations are part of an extortion attempt involving a former Justice Department employee. File

The investigators are looking into whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, according to the report. The investigation also looks at whether or not the Florida congressman paid for her to cross state lines, which would breach federal sex trafficking laws.

The inquiry, The Times said, is part of a larger investigation into Joel Greenberg, a tax collector in Florida associated with Gaetz who was charged a year ago with 14 felony counts related to allegations that he stalked a political opponent, used a state database to create fake IDs, and carried out the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17.

"I only know that it has to do with women", the congressman said while addressing the matter to reporters.

Representative Matt Gaetz is reportedly under investigation. Last year, Florida state Rep. Chris Latvala accused the congressman of designing a "game" with a point system for "sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators".

Gaetz said in an interview that his lawyers had been in touch with the Justice Department and that they were told he was the subject, not the target, of an investigation. Back from commercial, Tucker Carlson proclaims that the interview he just conducted with Gaetz was "one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted." pic.twitter.com/85Fnyv4Km9- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 31, 2021 After returning from commercial break, a stunned-looking Carlson remarked on his unusual conversation with Gaetz."You just saw our Matt Gaetz interview. 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".

Asked what the charges might relate to, Gaetz said: "I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I've dated".

Victoria Taft is the host of "The Adult in the Room Podcast With Victoria Taft" where you can hear her series on "Antifa Versus Mike Strickland". The Times reported he pleaded not guilty.

Greenberg is a former local official.

In an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Gaetz said that David McGee, now a lawyer at Beggs & Lane, a law firm in Pensacola, Florida was going after his family for money to help hide the DOJ investigation.

Gaetz repeated the extortion claim in a statement, alleging that a former Justice Department employee, whom he did not identify, had been "seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name".

No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets...

Gaetz, 38, added that his father has been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Northern District of Florida on the extortion case.

Gaetz concluded his Twitter thread with, "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".

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