Hours after the NY Times published a story on the DOJ investigating sex trafficking accusations against GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fl.), Gaetz went on Tucker Carlon’s show to argue against the allegations.
When asked about the hit-piece by Carlson, Gaetz said “It is a terrible allegation, and it is a lie.”
Gaetz said the allegations come from a former DOJ official who was trying to blackmail him. That official, who Gaetz said was “David McGee,” messaged Gaetz’s father, according to the Republican.
Gaetz says his family reported this to the FBI in Florida, who then requested his father wear a wire the next time he met the extortionist, who demanded millions.
The reporting by the NY Times was backed up by three unnamed sources. And conservative reporters have confirmed that Gaetz’s father did wear a wire during the FBI investigation.
In the story, Gaetz is alleged to have traveled with a 17-year-old girl and the investigation is reportedly focused around this travel, which seems to include compensation and sexual relations and is tied to one of Gaetz’s allies, Joel Greenberg.
Gaetz told Tucker Carlson that his records can prove no such travel took place.
The GOP member, who is a supporter of President Trump, says he is being hit with a smear campaign in an attempt to remove him from Washington. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Ca.) has already published a statement calling for Gaetz to be removed from his House Judiciary Committee assignment.
Rep Matt Gaetz should be taken off the @HouseJudiciary Committee until the @TheJusticeDept investigation is completed. He should not be sitting on a Congressional Committee with oversight over the DOJ while the Department is investigating him. https://t.co/TKRfSyCgHe
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 30, 2021
Gaetz has requested the release of all tapes from his father’s wire, and says there is enough evidence to prove the accusations are false.
Author: Steven Sinclaire