Representative Gaetz appeared in a Fox News interview with Tucker Carson to talk about the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) charges of alleged sex trafficking of an underage girl. While there, he insisted that he was innocent. Instead, he spun a wild tale implicating a former Department of Justice (DOJ) official.
Gaetz called out the former DOJ official by name, David McGee, and claimed that the man had been trying to extort him and his family and “smear” his name. But McGee, who is an attorney at the law firm in Pensacola, Florida Beggs & Lane, told The Daily Beast last Tuesday:
‘This is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that Matt Gaetz is apparently about to indicted for sex trafficking underage girls.’
The Florida representative told the Fox News’ host he never traveled with a 17-year-old girl. Then, Gaetz claimed McGee was the criminal. The representative said the real crime was that he was the victim of a “$25 million” extortion scheme.”
Gaetz sent out a tweet indicating that his father “been cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).” The representative pushed his excuse even further, claiming his father even wore a wire to catch those attempting to extort his son. The representative said:
‘[Asked DOJ to] immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations.’
Then, Gaetz’s claims took on a paranoid slant. He said there was a “planted leak:”
‘The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation. No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation.’
The charges against Gaetz allegedly involved, according to The Insider:
‘In 2018, a college student confirmed to HuffPo reporter Matt Fuller—who is now a Daily Beast editor—that she was dating the congressman. “Matt Gaetz is my boyfriend,” she wrote in an email after Fuller got a tip about a young woman shadowing Gaetz.’
The New York Times reported the DOJ was investigating Gaetz’s alleged payment for a girl’s travel expense two years ago.
The representative told Tucker Carlson that he thought another individual would be “brought to justice:”
‘I don’t think it’s a coincidence that tonight somehow The New York Times is leaking this information, smearing me and ruining the investigation that would likely result in a one of the former colleagues of the current DOJ being brought to justice.’
‘I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations. The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case.’
Unfortunately, the representative also tried to remind Carlson about double-dating with him. That would make Carlson a witness. The Fox host rapidly claimed he had no memory of the event.
The representative said that he had no intention of resigning from Congress. Democrats have called. for him to step down from the House Justice Committee, because it oversees his investigation.
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