Florida’s Matt Gaetz says he won’t resign despite allegations

Matt Gaetz

Gaetz's subsequent public remarks about the investigation have been limited to short statements from his office or posts on his Twitter account.

The 38-year-old is under scrutiny by federal prosecutors over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old and other underage girls and violated federal sex trafficking laws.

Gaetz has been accused by investigators of paying an underaged woman to cross state lines for sex through things such as "hotel stays, meals, and other gifts".

Gaetz, who has not been charged with any crimes, denied the accusations Monday.

Levinson was declared dead by the US government past year.

The congressman has denied the allegations and has leveled counter-allegations that he and his family are victims of an extortion plot, a response that Gaetz teased out on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show last week just after the bombshell story broke.

"Yes, just like the mafia, the D.C. swamp protects its 'made men, '" Gaetz said. "But when it comes to the allegation that I, a grown man, paid for an adult girlfriend's expenses?"

The three-term congressman is now under investigation by the Department of Justice over allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him, according to The New York Times' original report based on sources briefed on the probe.

My personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime.

Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., said he was transferring 2020 campaign donations from Gaetz to an organization supporting domestic abuse survivors.

He also predicted, "I'm sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland's Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me".

Gaetz's article was published the same day a former congressional aide told reporters he was interviewed last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Nelson left Gaetz's office in late October of a year ago, The New York Post reported, in what he called a "planned departure" in order to support "the military missions in a private capacity" in the Florida Panhandle.

Nelson provided no specific details about the FBI's questioning.

"I'm here to state this morning that nothing could be further from the truth", Nelson said at the press conference in front of his home.

"The Biden Justice Department would rather investigate me for adult, consensual sex than Hunter Biden for his shady business dealings, than others for illegal leaks, or a former Justice Department official for the evident extortion of a congressman", Gaetz wrote.

Nathaniel Nelson did not provide any evidence and also said he hadn't spoken to Gaetz in months.

No news media outlets have reported that Nelson left his position with Gaetz over the investigation, but FBI agents asking him about it was enough for Nelson to declare all of the news reports on the investigation into Gaetz as baseless, he said.

Nelson also said the allegations were "baseless".



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