Washington (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz He never left Congress on Monday, denying that he “sleeped” with a minor girl, and that political enemy accusations against him stemmed from his “hate swamp” anger. Suggests.
In a column published in the conservative press Washington Examiner, a confused Florida Republican predicted that “some of my reckless colleagues in Congress” would ask him to resign.
“No, I will never resign,” he wrote in one of his first public comments on the allegations on Monday.
Gates has been in Congress for the fifth year and has been struggling to maintain his political career since last week when he reported that he was under federal investigation into possible sex crimes.Donald Trump’s aggressive and well-known ally, Gates, has never been Little public support from Republican colleagues in his parliament There was no one from the former president.
The 38-year-old Gates is being monitored by federal prosecutors for having sex with a 17-year-old girl and other underage girls, and for violating federal sex trafficking laws. It is according to those familiar with the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details could not be discussed publicly.
Gates, who has not been charged with the crime, denied the charges on Monday.
“First, I’ve never paid for sex. Second, as an adult man, I’ve never slept with a 17-year-old kid,” he writes.
He was engaged from New Year’s Eve and wrote, “My lifestyle last year may be different from what I am today, but it was neither illegal nor illegal.”
Gates used his column to attack Democrats and the press, saying the enemy “repeated false claims about swamps and parliamentarians who routinely fight both sides.”
He also predicted, “I’m convinced that some party scammers in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department want to chase me by distorting the truth and the law.”
The FBI, the Biden administration’s Ministry of Justice, and the “Cheney Political Dynasty” were among the entities accused of Gates unfairly targeting him.
The Justice Department’s investigation began last year when Trump was still president. Gates led the unsuccessful battle in January and helped dismiss Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, from his post as leader of the Third House Republican Party. A few days ago, she was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
Gates’ article was published the same day a former parliamentary aide told reporters that he was interviewed by the FBI last week. Nathan Nelson, a military adviser who left Gates’ office in October, said he was asked if he quit his job because he knew of Gates’ involvement in illegal activities.
“I’m here this morning saying I can’t get far from the truth. Neither I nor any other member of the House of Representatives Gates staff knew anything about the illegal activity,” Nelson said in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Said at home.
Nelson did not provide specific details about the FBI’s question. Without elaborating on them, he said he believed the accusations against Gates were false.
Associated Press reporter Bobby Kaina Calvin contributed from Santa Rosa Beach.