BREAKING: Rep. Matt Gaetz under investigation for possible sex trafficking, alleged relationship with teen girl
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is being investigated by the Department of Justice for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, The New York Times first reported Tuesday.
Investigators are also reportedly probing if Gaetz may have paid the girl to travel with him, violating sex trafficking laws.
From the NY Times: “Investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, the people said. A variety of federal statutes make it illegal to induce someone under 18 to travel over state lines to engage in sex in exchange for money or something of value.”
Gatez denied the allegations during an interview with Axios; “The allegations against me are as searing as they are false. I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy.”
“I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I’ve dated. You know, I’ve paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I’ve been, you know, generous as a partner. I think someone is trying to make that look criminal when it is not.”
Matt Gaetz: "I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I've dated. You know, I've paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I’ve been, you know, generous as a partner. I think someone is trying to make that look criminal when it is not." https://t.co/ZFbZaZ8ice
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 30, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Gaetz, Trump's close ally, is being investigated by DOJ over whether he had a sexual relationship w/17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him. Investigation was opened in the final months of Trump admin under Barr. w/@ktbenner https://t.co/JM7po1iXoS
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) March 30, 2021