Gaetz Asks Supporters for Money Amid Trafficking”Smear Campaign”
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In the heat of controversy, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is not one to let publicity — bad or good — go to waste. Now, after the New York Times reported that Gaetz is being researched by the Department of Justice (DOJ) about allegations of sex trafficking a little, ” the congressman is using the spotlight to drum up donations.In a brand new effort email, Gaetz calls the Times that a”far-left” company and claims the newspaper published”salacious” lies about him to tarnish his name. “I’m fighting some of the most effective institutions on the planet that are bankrolled by globalist billionaires. I would like every patriot to stand together with me. Can I rely on your support?” Reads the email, that has been brought to light by Talking Points Memo. Gaetz is up for re-election in 2022, though rumors circulated earlier this year he could retire from Congress to choose a job at Newsmax or even to operate for Florida agriculture commissioner. The controversy about Gaetz started with last week’s Times story, that disclosed DOJ officials are investigating whether the 38-year-old congressman compensated a 17-year-old woman for sex or provided anything of monetary value in exchange for sex, that might violate national sex-trafficking legislation. The allegations involve an alleged connection from about two decades ago. According to the Times, the probe into Gaetz’s actions is part of a larger research into his partner, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last year on several charges, including sex trafficking of a little. According to the Times, the woman involved in the DOJ’s Gaetz investigation is reportedly the same woman involved in Greenberg’s sex-trafficking case. The Times also reports that researchers are looking into allegations that Gaetz recruited women for sex using online websites and compensated them using Cash App and Apple Pay. As the sex-trafficking allegations made headlines, CNN reported that Gaetz allegedly shared nude images of his gender partners along with other lawmakers. Gaetz has been denied that the claims of trafficking and intercourse with a little bit. He says that he never participated in illegal action and claims that the allegations are part of a $25 million extortion plot. He says that he and his father alerted the DOJ to the alleged extortion scheme and cooperated in a DOJ investigation to the plot. He has called about the DOJ to release records from its own investigation, which he claims will establish his innocence. While Gaetz attempts to use the scandal to fill his campaign coffers, his allies are starting to distance themselves in him.Republican Rep. David Valadao of California said Friday that he would donate the money Gaetz has contributed to his effort to local organizations that support victims of domestic abuse, according to the Fresno Bee. Former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill of California, whom Gaetz defended through her sexual scandal, wrote in a new op-ed to get Vanity Fair that if the allegations by CNN are true, Gaetz must step down. “Matt and I forged an unlikely friendship in Congress, and that he was among those few coworkers who spoke out after a malicious nude-photo leak upended my own life,” Hill wrote. “But if recent reports are accurate, he participated in the very practice he defended me and should resign immediately. “Gaetz is scheduled to appear on Friday at an event known as the Save America Summit at Trump National Doral, according to an email in Women for America First, a political group that helped organize the pro-Trump rally that preceded the attack to the Capitol on January 6. “Congressman Matt Gaetz has been a daring leader in Washington,” the email reads. “Few members of Congress are more willing than Matt to stand up and fight on behalf of President Trump and his America First Agenda. We’re honored to have Congressman Gaetz speak at the Save America Summit.”
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