Is The Left Trying To Distract From Their Problems By Blaming Gaetz?

 

 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that it was “verifiably false” that he traveled with a 17-year-old female after a New York Times report that he was under investigation.

“People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case,” he said.

He said that “what is happening is an extortion of me and my family involving a former Department of Justice official. Gaetz said that on March 16, his father got a text message “demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away.” 

He said that his family was “so troubled” by what was happening that they went to the local FBI, which was “so concerned about an attempted extortion of a member of Congress that they asked my Dad to wear a wire, which he did with the former Department of Justice official.”

He called on the Justice Department and FBI to release the audio recordings which “will prove my innocence.”

He said that the former DOJ official was to be contacted by his father on Wednesday so that wiring instructions could be given for a payment of $4.5 million “as a down payment on this bribe.”

“I don’t think it is a coincidence that tonight, somehow, the New York Times is leaking this information, smearing me and ruining the investigation,” Gaetz said. Other outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, also have reported on the allegations.

He also gave the name of the person he said was extorting him, a person who is now in private practice.

Gaetz said he “only knows what he read in the New York Times” about the nature of the DOJ investigation.

“You and I went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there, and I brought a friend of mine, you’ll remember her. And she was actually threatened by the FBI, told that if she wouldn’t cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay-for-play scheme that she could face trouble, and so I do believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to smear me. Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you’re dating who are of legal age is not a crime, and I’m just troubled that lack of any sort of legitimate investigation into me would then permute, convert into this extortion attempt.”

Carlson said that he does not “remember the woman you are speaking of or the context at all.”

Gaetz denied that he had a sexual relationship with an underage woman and said that the 17-year-old “doesn’t exist.”

But Carlson still seemed confused over what transpired. He later called the Gaetz interview “one of the weirdest interviews I have ever conducted.”

Carlson said, “I don’t think that clarified much, but it certainly showed that this was a deeply interesting story and we will be following it. I don’t quite understand it.”

 

He appeared on Tuesday on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.

 

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