Washington — Florida Republican and former President Donald Trump’s close ally Matt Gaetz, Under investigation for having sex with a minor girl, According to media reports on Tuesday.
The revelation that the Legal Department is investigating Gates for possible violations of the Sex Trafficking Act has quickly shaken national affairs. The alleged case was that Gates had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and was paying for her trip, the New York Times first reported.
Third-term MPs did not deny the report, but instead hinted that he and his family were under threat of blackmail from former judicial authorities.
Gates has not been charged and states that he is cooperating with the DOJ’s investigation.
The claim at the heart of the evolving controversy is Parliamentarians familiar with political scandals.. A broader story of the current situation includes multiple elected officials and surveys in both Florida and Washington.
This is what we know:
Who is Matt Gaetz?
Gates, 38, has represented Florida’s 1st Parliamentary District, including most of Salient, since 2017. Prior to that, Gates had been a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2010.
He grew up as a politician. His father, Don Gaetz, co-founded the hospice care company VITAS Healthcare Corp and then chaired the Senate in the Florida State Assembly. He lives in Fort Walton Beach near Destin.
Since entering national affairs, Gates has been a frequent presence in conservative media and has been a viral hit across social media platforms. Profile has made Gates a popular conservative figure on the basis of Republican voters.
In June 2020, after a fellow lawmaker said his white colleague didn’t understand what it meant to raise a colored child in the United States. Gates reveals that he raised the son of a Cuban immigrant, 19-year-old Nester Galvan, unrelated to Gates.
In December 2020, Gates was engaged to 26-year-old Ginger Luckey, a sister of Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR.
Before the news of the Justice Department’s investigation was reported Gates said he was interested in leaving Congress on Tuesday morning Participate in the TV station Newsmax as an on-air personality.
DOJ investigates Gates about sexual trafficking
The Justice Department is investigating Getz, and people familiar with the matter told the New York Times whether he violated federal sex trafficking law by paying for a trip to a teenage girl. Told.
Beginning under former Attorney General Bill Barr and led by a federal agent appointed by Trump, the investigation is a major investigation into Joel Greenberg, a tax collector in Seminole County, a close ally of Gates. Is part of.
In August, Greenberg was charged with a sex trafficking girl between the ages of 14 and 17. Greenberg also pretended to be a candidate and his rivals were “separatists and upheld white hegemony.”
If a member of the House of Representatives constitutes a federal crime, there are accusations against him, but it is unclear whether the member of the House of Representatives is the center of the overall investigation. Several federal laws make it illegal for minors to cross state borders and have sex with someone in exchange for money or valuable assets.
After the news of the investigation began to spread Gates confirms that he is under investigation by the Justice Department To Axios.
He told Axios: “I definitely offered it to the woman I dated in one day. I paid for the flight in the hotel room. I was generous as a partner. I tried to show it to the criminals when someone else wasn’t. I think that there.”
He later denied the New York Times improper conduct with a minor girl, claiming that his family was a victim of extortion rackets.
“For the past few weeks, my family and I have been victims of organized crime blackmail involving former DOJ employees seeking $ 25 million, threatening to defame my name,” Gaetz tweeted. He argued that the investigation into sexual trafficking was a distraction ploy. From the alleged blackmail plot.
“I demand that DOJs immediately release the tapes produced by their instructions.
Gates Interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”
On Tuesday night, Gates starred in Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss a dispute with a conservative host.
“You and I went to a supper about two years ago, your wife was there, and I brought my friend, you will remember her,” Gates said. I told Carlson.
“To be honest, I don’t remember the woman or context you’re talking about,” Carlson said immediately.
Gates then reasserted his investigation as a cover for blackmail, suggesting that the effort was devised by a democratic rival in the House of Representatives without evidence.
“I know there was a demand for money in exchange for a promise that he could leave this investigation with his conspirators,” Gates referred to a former judicial official. Insisted.
“They even claimed that there was a particular connection within the Biden White House,” Gates claims. “Now I don’t know if that’s true. They promised Joe Biden to forgive me. Obviously, I don’t need forgiveness. I’m not asking for forgiveness. I haven’t done anything inappropriate or wrong. “
After the interview, Carlson declared: “It was one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever done.”
The Fox News host said, “Convinced that there was more than you read in the newspaper, we immediately called Matt Gaetz and asked him to come and tell us more. He did, as you saw. “
“I don’t think it’s very clear, but it certainly shows that this is a very interesting story, and we’ll follow it. Told.
Gates is not a stranger to the controversy
Gates has been a controversial lightning rod since joining Congress. In his inauguration, lawmakers quickly created a political image of former President Donald Trump as a close ally, adopting Trump’s sneaky attitude towards national affairs and mimicking his tendency to attract scandals.
One of his first actions in Congress was to call for the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gates also called on Trump to dismiss his special adviser, Robert Swan Mueller, for his investigation into the potential relationship between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Florida Senator was blamed loudly from across the aisle. The only member of the house to vote against anti-trafficking law In 2017. In 2018, Gates Invite prominent far-right conspiracy theorists and white supremacists to the State of the Union address..
In 2019, Gates was investigated by the Florida Bar Association. A tweet from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen he threatened Prior to Cohen’s testimony to Trump in multiple ongoing investigations.
Gates was investigated in April 2020 for violating house rules. Rent office space from a former donor..
In July 2020, Gates $ 28,000 government funding paid by his parliamentary office to a political consultant, Violates house rules.
Gates has also been found to be doing inappropriate things during his tenure. Former Congressman has been charged with 16 cases of drunk driving since 1999. According to a survey by the Treasure Coast Newspaper..
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Matt Gaetz: What We Know About Florida Parliamentarians’ Investigations