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GOP Rep. Gaetz investigated over sexual relationship


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a prominent conservative in Congress and a close ally of former President Donald Trump, said Tuesday he is being investigated by the Justice Department over a former relationship but denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Gaetz, who represents parts of western Florida, is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paying her to travel with him, and he is under investigation to determine if he violated federal sex trafficking laws, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

The probe has been underway for nearly a year and Gaetz has been aware for months that he was under investigation, the person said. The Justice Department has also been looking into whether Gaetz, 38, may have also been involved in relationships with other underage girls, the person said.

The person could not publicly discuss the details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Gaetz told Axios that his lawyers were informed that he was the subject of an investigation “regarding sexual conduct with women” but that he was not a target of the probe. He denied that he ever had a relationship with any underage girls and said the allegations against him were “as searing as they are false.”

A subject is conventionally thought of as someone whose actions fall within the scope of a criminal investigation, whereas a target is someone whom prosecutors have gathered evidence linking to a crime. But during the course of an investigation, a subject can become a target.

Gaetz’s comments came shortly after The New York Times first reported the investigation. It is a federal crime to transport a minor over state lines for sex.

Gaetz alleged that the allegations were part of an extortion plot by a former Justice Department official, whom he did not name.

“Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name,” Gaetz said in a statement.

Gaetz said his family has been cooperating with the FBI and said his father was wearing a recording device, at the FBI’s direction, “to catch these criminals.” He demanded the Justice Department release the recordings.

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

The Times cited three people familiar with the matter, saying the scrutiny was part of a broader Justice Department probe into one of his political allies and fellow Florida politician, Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on sex trafficking and other charges that he stalked a political opponent. A judge ordered the former tax collector back to jail earlier this month for violating the conditions of his release.

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-31 6:36 AM 
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They should charge him with a crime for that suit.

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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-31 9:28 PM 
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the interview with Tucker Carlson was a train wreck. If Gaetz had any sense, he'd hire a good lawyer and keep his mouth shut. But he doesn't

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-1 6:28 AM 
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Like Ron White says "I had the right to remain silent, I just didn't have the ability"

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-8 6:51 AM 
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Reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz sought blanket pardons from President Trump

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., sought blanket preemptive pardons for himself and others in Congress during the final days of Donald Trump's presidency, according to The New York Times and Fox News.

Gaetz, an ardent ally during Trump's four years in office, asked Trump aides in January for the president to offer pardons for any crimes the lawmaker might have committed, the Times reported, citing two anonymous Trump associates.

The representative is under investigation by the Justice Department  over allegations of potential sex trafficking of an underage girl. At issue is whether Gaetz paid for the travel and other expenses of a 17-year-old girl. 

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-8 6:52 AM 
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If you're innocent, why would you seek a pardon?

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From: Patrick Rock (PFR291) DelphiPlus Member IconApr-8 7:24 AM 
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Because, because . . . those investigators -- oops, I mean deep-state/antifa/socialist/woke/cancel-culture/fake-news Democrats have evidence -- oops, I mean evil plans . . . and sll those photographs are fakes.


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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-15 6:51 AM 
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House Ethics Committee Investigating GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Of Florida

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it has launched an investigation into alleged misconduct by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz following a recent flurry of accusations against the Florida congressman, including illegal drug use and sexual misconduct.

"The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct," the panel's chairman, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and ranking member, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., said in a joint written statement.

The statement noted that the existence of the investigation "does not indicate that any violation has occurred."

The news comes as Joel Greenberg, an associate of Gaetz's and a former local Florida official, is expected to enter a plea deal, Greenberg's attorney said in court this week. Greenberg was indicted on charges including sex trafficking of a child. It's unclear what kind of information he may share about Gaetz.


The New York Times first reported that the Department of Justice is investigating Gaetz over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him, which could violate federal sex trafficking laws.

Gaetz, 38, confirmed he is under investigation by the Justice Department but denied the allegations. The third-term Republican claims he and his family are victims of an extortion attempt by a former department official.


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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-15 6:53 AM 
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Why is it that the politicians with the biggest mouths seem to have the most skeletons in their closets?  You'd think they would want to fly under the radar.

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From: Song~ (_Song_) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-18 12:53 PM 
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They are like the Orange idiot, they don't care and apparently their base doesn't either.




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