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originally posted by: lakespirit
To the surprise of absolutely no one, uber-creepy Matt Gaetz is under investigation for sex trafficking and sex with a minor.
He thought a recent Hallmark Channel-style wedding would be a great distraction/dodge for these upcoming accusations, or will they be revelations?
If Gaetz is found guilty and prosecuted for these crimes, this would be a classic example of not only extreme moral hypocrisy, but a great example of the rampant criminality 'hiding in plain sight' in American politics today.
Gaetz claimed 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 $25m while threatening to smear my name,” Gaetz said in a statement.
Gaetz said his family had 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 big picture: Gaetz, 38, said the specifics of the allegations are "unclear," and he said he's been told "very little." But the New York Times reported late Tuesday afternoon that the Justice Department is investigating Gaetz "over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him."
"The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false," Gaetz told Axios. "They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away."
Of note: He later said in a statement released Tuesday night that he and his family had over the past several weeks "been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name."
"We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals," he added.
Yeah, you're not exactly one for facts tho and as for the "messenger", paid propaganda? Bruh you are too low info smh.
originally posted by: MiddleInsite
So let's all blame the messenger, the NYT, and say nothing about what Gaetz supposedly did. Typical for ATS. Deny ignorance, LOL!
Really? Coming from the largest Anti Trumper? Lol, ok.
originally posted by: ManFromEurope
Deflectionists gotta deflect, I get it. Weird flex, but okay.
Guys, gals (and diverse) this guy is sketchy af and that is visible over a great big ocean.