A spokesman for Congressman Matt Gaetz has resigned “out of principle” as DOJ is investigating alleged sex with minors.

Washington-Matt Gaetz, communication director, was in a storm of controversy that struck the Republicans in Florida, including news of a federal investigation into alleged sexual relations with a teenage girl and possible violations of sex trafficking law. I suddenly resigned on Friday.

Luke Ball, who has worked for Gates since joining the US House of Representatives in 2017, has resigned as a “out of principle” spokesman for Gates. I told the Pensacola News Journal, This is part of the USA TODAY network.

Gates’ office said in a statement late Friday that Congressman and Ball “agreeed that it was best to break up.”

“We thank him for being in our office and hope he will do his best to move forward,” the statement said.

According to him LinkedInBall began working at Gates in 2017 as an intern at the Pensacola, Florida office, before becoming an aide to Congress. After serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Gates in 2018, Ball was promoted to Communication Director after serving as a Press Assistant for Gates in Washington.

report: The federal investigation into Congressman Matt Gaetz focuses on cash payments to women.

An investigation into Gates, one of the most ardent supporters of former President Donald Trump’s parliament, began during the previous administration. Former Attorney General William Barr was briefed on last year’s investigation, a person familiar with the matter told USA Today. Sources not authorized to comment on the pending investigation said federal authorities had begun a full investigation at the time.

Gates, who has not been charged with a crime, denies cheating and allegations of sexual misconduct Part of the blackmail plot I’m against him.

“Matt Gaetz has never paid for sex,” Congressman “completely refutes all nasty claims,” ​​his office told the Times in a statement. “Matt Gaetz cherishes his past relationships and looks forward to marrying the love of his life.”

Gaetz is engaged to Ginger Luckey, a sister of Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR.

“I think there are people in the Ministry of Justice trying to criminalize my sexual activity. You know when I was single.” He told Axios In an interview about the investigation and allegations.

A Justice Department investigation focuses on cash payments allegedly made by Gates in exchange for sex. According to the New York Times, First reported on the investigation. Authorities are also trying to determine if Gates, 38, had sex with a 17-year-old girl, and if she received any material in exchange for sex.

According to The Times, Gates is suspected of paying more than one woman in addition to the girl for encounters in hotels and elsewhere.The paper said it showed a receipt for a cash app and Apple Pay payment to a woman from Gates and former Florida county tax collector and Gates political ally Joel Greenberg. Reported Indicted for over 30 federal crimes, Including sexual trafficking of children.

In addition to federal research news Reported by CNN Gates often boasted to his parliamentary colleagues about his sexual activity. According to the cable news network, Getz shared with other lawmakers nude photos and videos of a woman he claimed to have slept with, including a clip of a naked woman with a hula hoop.

And in a recent claim Previous report As a member of the Florida Parliament, Gates and other young male lawmakers reaffirmed that they created a “game” that earned points in response to sexual conquest. Citing an unnamed source, ABC News reported that the scoring system assigned different points to the intern, and that the female colleague of Congressman and the woman they heard were virgins.

Contribution: Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal

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