U.S. politician Matt Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations

BREAKING Matt Gaetz SLAMS Washington swamp for trying to'drown him with false accusations

Additionally, investigators are looking into alleged payments Gaetz made to other women in exchange for sex, according to reporting from The New York Times. He vehemently denies the claims.

The Justice Department investigation began previous year while Trump was still president.

The extortion claim centered on three individuals, including Pensacola attorney David McGee, a former DOJ prosecutor in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Washington Post reported last week that Gaetz's father, Don Gaetz, was presented with a proposal by two men to help his son if he donated a sum of money to fund the effort to locate Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent kidnapped in Iran, it could help his son's situation.

Levinson was declared dead by the USA government past year. McGee forcefully denied Gaetz's claims.

The congressman has denied the allegations and has leveled counter-allegations that he and his family are victims of an extortion plot, a response that Gaetz teased out on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show last week just after the bombshell story broke. "But when it comes to the allegation that I, a grown man, paid for an adult girlfriend's expenses?" First, I have never, ever paid for sex. "And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old".

My personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime.

He also predicted, "I'm sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland's Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me". "Neither I nor any other member of Congressman Gaetz's staff had any knowledge of illegal activities", Nelson said at his home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Gaetz's congressional office also held a news conference Monday where his former military director, Nathan Nelson, expressed his doubts that the Justice Department's investigation into Gaetz has any merit.

Gaetz, starting his fifth year in Congress, has been battling to preserve his political career since reports last week that he is under federal investigation for possible sex crimes. Meanwhile, the Associated Press has reported that several Republican lawmakers and aides believe Gaetz's future in Congress may be in jeopardy as his popularity wanes.

Gaetz used his column to attack Democrats, news organisations and others, saying his enemies are "just repeating false allegations about a congressman who loathes the swamp and fights both sides of it on a daily basis".

Nelson provided no specific details about the FBI's questioning.

Nelson left Gaetz's office in late October of past year, The New York Post reported, in what he called a "planned departure" in order to support "the military missions in a private capacity" in the Florida Panhandle.



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