A defiant U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz stated in an op-ed revealed Monday that he is “now not a felony” and is “completely now not resigning” regardless of an investigation into intercourse trafficking allegations in opposition to him.
“Since I’m taking my flip below the gun, let me cope with the allegations in opposition to me immediately. First, I’ve by no means, ever paid for intercourse. And 2d, I, as an grownup guy, have now not slept with a 17-year-old,” the Florida Republican wrote within the Washington Examiner, the place he described himself because the sufferer of a various team of enemies.
“People gained’t be stunned that abnormal claims are being made about me in a while once I determined to take at the maximum tough establishments within the Beltway: the status quo; the FBI; the Biden Justice Division; the Cheney political dynasty; even the Justice Division below Trump,” he wrote.
The inquiry into Gaetz, an in depth best friend of former President Donald Trump, was once opened below then-Lawyer Normal William Barr all the way through the Trump management, two resources advised the New York Instances.
The congressman additionally denied the allegation when the tale was once first reported ultimate week. He has now not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Police officers showed to NBC Information that the Justice Division probe began on account of an investigation right into a former Seminole County tax collector and buddy of Gaetz named Joel Greenberg, who is since been charged with intercourse trafficking. Greenberg has pleaded now not accountable.
Investigators are having a look into whether or not Gaetz trafficked a 17-year-old woman, the officers stated. The Instances, mentioning other folks with reference to the investigation and textual content messages and cost receipts, reported that investigators additionally having a look into allegations Gaetz and Greenberg recruited girls on-line to have intercourse in go back for money and presents.
Within the op-ed, Gaetz portrayed that as an “allegation that I, a grown guy, paid for an grownup female friend’s bills.”
“I’m a consultant in Congress, now not a monk, and under no circumstances a felony,” he wrote.
“My way of life of yesteryear is also other from how I are living now, but it surely was once now not and isn’t unlawful,” the 38-year-old added. “My private lifestyles is and at all times has been carried out alone time and my very own dime.”
In spite of the probe originating below Barr, Gaetz singled out President Joe Biden’s lawyer basic in his op-ed.