Gaetz Says He Can Not Resign Over”False” Sex Allegations
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said Monday that he will not leave Congress and denied accusations that he had sex with an underage woman, indicating that he’s being targeted by political foes because he”loathes the swamp.”
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Rep. Matt Gaetz said he’s”not resigning” and denied accusations that he had sex with an underage woman
Gaetz is under scrutiny by national prosecutors over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old along with other heterosexual women and violated national sex trafficking laws, according to individuals familiar with the investigation
Gaetz’s post was printed the Exact Same day a former congressional aide told reporters he had been interviewed last week by the
In a column appearing in the Washington Examiner, a conservative news outlet, the embattled Florida Republican predicted that”a number of my feckless colleagues in Congress” will demand him to step down.
“No, I’m not resigning,” he wrote Monday in one of his first public remarks about the allegations.
Gaetz, starting his fifth year in Congress, has been battling to preserve his political career because reports last week he is under federal investigation for possible sex offenses. A competitive and high profile director of Donald Trump, Gaetz has up to now received virtually no public assistance from his congressional Republican colleagues and none from the former president.
The 38-year-old Gaetz is under scrutiny by national prosecutors over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old along with other heterosexual women and violated national sex trafficking laws. That is according to individuals knowledgeable about the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not able to discuss details openly.
Gaetz, who hasn’t been charged with no offenses, denied the accusations Monday.
“I have never, ever paid for sex,” he said. “And next, I, as an adult individual, haven’t slept with a 17-year-old.”
Engaged since New Year’s Evehe wrote,”My lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now, but it wasn’t and isn’t illegal.”
Gaetz used his column to attack Democratsnews organizations and many others, stating his enemies will be”just repeating false allegations to a congressman who loathes the swamp and fights both sides of it on a daily basis.”
He also predicted,”I’m sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department wish to pervert the truth and the law to go after me.”
Even the FBI, the Biden government’s Justice Department and also”that the Cheney governmental dynasty” were one of the entities Gaetz accused of unjustly targeting him. Gaetz helped direct an unsuccessful struggle early this year to depose Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, by her occupation as No. 3 House GOP leader.
Gaetz’s post was printed the exact identical day that the former congressional aide told reporters he had been interviewed last week by the FBI. Nathan Nelsona military adviser who left Gaetz’s office in October, said that he had been questioned about whether he’d left that job because he understood of Gaetz’s”involvement in illegal activities.”
“I’m here this morning to say that nothing could be farther from the reality. Neither I nor any other member of Congressman Gaetz’s staff had some knowledge of illegal activities,” Nelson said at his house in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Nelson provided no specific details regarding the FBI’s questioning. Without detailing themhe said he believes that the charges against Gaetz are not false.