The Department of Justice opened an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz’s behavior during the Trump administration.
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It’s a horrendous time to be Rep. Matt Gaetz, following revelations in the New York Times last week that the Republican congressman from Florida’s Panhandle is under federal investigation for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and traveling with her. Gaetz has confirmed that he is under investigation but denies the allegations.
According to the Times report, investigators believe that Gaetz and the disgraced Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg—who was indicted for sex trafficking last August—instructed women they met online “to meet at certain times and places, often at hotels around Florida, and would tell them the amount of money they were willing to pay.”
Gaetz has framed the allegations as a gross mischaracterization of his playboy days. “I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I’ve dated,” Gaetz told Axios, “You know, I’ve paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I’ve been, you know, generous as a partner.”
“The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false,” Gaetz told Tucker Carlson on Fox News last week…