Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz claims sex trafficking investigation is extortion attempt

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz claims sex trafficking investigation is extortion attempt

"The Justice Department regularly prosecutes such cases, and offenders often receive severe sentences", writes the Times.

Gaetz labeled the Times story as a "planted leak" that was "intended to thwart" the investigation.

Fox News host Dana Perino on Wednesday put House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on the hot seat over revelations that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is being probed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for potential sex trafficking charges.

None of this is good but Gaetz is managing to make things look even worse for himself.

He ended the interview with Gaetz shortly thereafter and tossed to commercial.

The Florida congressman said the former DOJ official who is allegedly trying to extort him is David McGee, now a lawyer at a Florida-based law firm. But right now Matt Gaetz says it is not true, and we don't have any information.

"No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation", Gaetz said.

In response to that claim, Carlson says: 'I don't remember the women you're speaking of or the context at all honestly'.

He added, "I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward". What does that statement mean??

The elder Gaetz claimed that while he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation "I'm willing to wear a wire and be cooperative", he was "asked to say things that are not true to draw out an admission". You know, I've paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I've been, you know, generous as a partner. "I stand with @mattgaetz", she tweeted.

Matt Gaetz under federal investigation over possible sexual relationship with minor
Representatives for Gaetz and the Justice Department did not immediately reply to the Washington Examiner's requests for comment. We've going to a vaccination facility here just shortly, but later this afternoon, I hope to be able to speak with Mr.

But without a doubt, the weirdest interview Gaetz has given was to Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

Gaetz accused McGee live on Carlson's show of trying to extort millions of dollars out of him and his family in exchange for "making awful sex trafficking allegations against me go away".

"It is completely false". People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case'.

As one DOJ veteran told Insider, the timeline doesn't necessarily mean Gaetz's claims of an extortion scheme are untrue, but it does indicate the department's probe was not launched as a result of any such scheme. "You were accused of something you did not do so you know what this feels like". And again, the investigation into Gaetz's alleged behavior started during the Trump administration.

"This is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that Matt Gaetz is apparently about to be indicted for sex trafficking underage girls", said McGee to the Daily Beast. McGee denied those claims to The Post, saying he had no connection to the agency's probe into possible sex trafficking by Gaetz.

Gaetz continued: "So I do believe there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to smear me. And I'm just troubled that the lack of any sort of legitimate investigation into me, would then permute, would then convert into this extortion attempt".

"And she was actually threatened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he continues.

When he came back from his commercial break, Carlson said that his interview with Gaetz was "one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted".

After Gaetz brought up the accusation, Carlson momentarily appeared taken aback, before responding, "You just referred to a mentally ill viewer who accused me of a sex crime 20 years ago".

During an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Gaetz added another crucial data point to the timeline: he said that someone involved in the alleged extortion scheme texted his father on March 16 "demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making disgusting sex trafficking allegations against me go away".

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