The report goes on to say that the investigation began when Trump was still in office and William Barr was still the attorney general.
Forgive us if we're a bit skeptical of the same news outfits that "reported" planned leaks that Trump was a Russian secret agent who hired hookers to pee on a bed and then kept reporting this tripe when it was outed as a political oppo hit job by Hillary Clinton and her willing accomplices at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency.
According to The Times, the Justice Department launched the probe into Gaetz's alleged sexual relationship with the teen in the final months of Donald Trump's presidency.
Gaetz also claimed that Carlson had dinner with Gaetz and a woman who was later smeared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward".
"They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million.in exchange for making this case go away", he added.
Axios said Gaetz sounded "shaken" during a 13-minute-long phone call during which he discussed the allegations.
"You know, providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you're dating who are of legal age is not a crime", said Gaetz.
Gaetztold Axios he was "unclear" of the specific allegations and he'd been told "very little".
"I don't remember the woman you're speaking of, or the context at all, honestly", responded Carlson. "I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy".
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Gaetz has privately told confidants that he is seriously considering not seeking re-election and potentially leaving Congress early for a position at conservative network Newsmax.
The inquiry is part of a broader probe into Joel Greenberg, a local official in Florida associated with Gaetz, who was indicted last summer on an array of sex trafficking charges, including financially supporting an underage girl in exchange for sex. He pleaded not guilty but ended up back in jail recently "for violating the terms of his bail", the Times noted. He also posted a picture in 2017 of him with Gaetz and Roger Stone, another well known Trump political ally.
The Republican representative took it to Twitter on Tuesday to express his concerns over the probe, adding that he and his father had been working on an extortion case involving "a former DOJ official seeking $25 million" with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for weeks.
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