Congressman Matt Gaetz Under Investigation for Sex with Teen Girl

Matt Gaetz under DOJ investigation related to possible relationship with 17-year-old girl: report

The Republican representative took it to Twitter on Tuesday to express his concerns over the probe, adding that he and his father had been working on an extortion case involving "a former DOJ official seeking $25 million" with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for weeks. "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".

"Tonight I am demanding that the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation release the audio recordings that were made under their supervision, and at their direction, which will prove my innocence and which will show that these allegations aren't true, they're merely meant to try to bleed my family out of money", he added. No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Gaetz's assertions.

In another tweet, the 38-year-old Republican also demanded that the Justice Department release tapes from the investigation to shed light on the identity of the alleged extortionist.

This isn't the first time Gaetz has been accused of sexual misconduct.

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Gaetz said his lawyers were told by the DOJ that "I was not a target but a subject of an investigation regarding sexual conduct with women". He noted that he had been told "very little" about the DOJ probe and that he was "absolutely" certain (his word) that "none of the women were underage" (Axios's words).

"I can say that actually you and I went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there, and I brought a friend of mine. I don't think that clarified much, but it certainly showed this is a deeply interesting story and we'll be following it".

At one point, Gaetz referenced debunked sexual harassment claims that had been previously made against Tucker Carlson. I've been, you know, generous as a partner.

The investigation is part of a larger inquiry into former Seminole County tax collector and friend Joel Greenberg, who was charged previous year with 14 felony counts accusing him of stalking a political opponent, using a state database to create fake IDs, and sex trafficking a minor between the ages of 14 and 17, reports the Times.

Because of Gaetz's national profile, senior Justice Department officials, including some appointed by Trump, were reportedly informed of the investigation being opened past year.

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