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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2021, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.,, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Florida Republican Rep Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations

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By ALAN FRAM

Rep Matt Gaetz said Monday he will not leave Congress and denied that he “slept with” an underage girl, suggesting that accusations against him by political foes stem from anger that he “loathes the swamp.”

In a column appearing in the Washington Examiner, a conservative news outlet, the embattled Florida Republican predicted that “some of my feckless colleagues in Congress" will call for him to step down.

“No, I am absolutely not resigning," he wrote Monday in one of his first public comments about the allegations.

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. An aggressive and high-profile ally of Donald Trump, Gaetz has so far received almost no public support from his congressional Republican colleagues and none from the former president.

The 38-year-old Gaetz is under scrutiny by federal prosecutors over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old and other underage girls and violated federal sex trafficking laws. That's according to people familiar with the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss details publicly.

Gaetz, who has not been charged with any crimes, denied the accusations Monday.

“First, I have never, ever paid for sex," he wrote. “And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old."

Engaged since New Year's Eve, he wrote, “My lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now, but it was not and is not illegal."

Gaetz used his column to attack Democrats, news organizations 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.”

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."

The FBI, the Biden administration's Justice Department and “the Cheney political dynasty" were among the entities Gaetz accused of unjustly targeting him.

The Justice Department investigation began last year while Trump was still president. Gaetz helped lead an unsuccessful battle in January to depose Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, from her job as No. 3 House GOP leader. Days earlier, she was among just 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump.

Gaetz's article was published the same day a former congressional aide told reporters he was interviewed last week by the FBI. Nathan Nelson, a military adviser who left Gaetz's office in October, said he was questioned about whether he'd left that job because he knew of Gaetz's “involvement in illegal activities."

“I’m here this morning to state that nothing could be farther from the truth. 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.

Nelson provided no specific details about the FBI's questioning. Without detailing them, he said he believes the charges against Gaetz are false.

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Why aren’t all republicans demanding an investigation? Not a peep from any of them.

Gaetz deserves the presumption of innocence, but there needs to be an investigation.

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Matt, winner of “America’s most punchable face” award is well and truly screwed. The Feds have app transactions and testimony from witnesses.

In truly Trumpian fashion, he left a radio-active evidence trail that can be seen with the naked eye from space.

When Tucker Carlson throws you under the bus, you are indeed friendless. Matt, you won’t do well in prison.

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@P,

You notice not a peep of defense either apart from “Gym” Jordan and MTG? Deep down they’ve always hated him and cannot wait for him to self-emoluate. They just don’t say it out loud.

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“No, I am absolutely not resigning," he wrote Monday in one of his first public comments about the allegations.

I look forward to seeing him getting arrested as a sitter house member. Will be an apt reflection on the GOP.

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You notice not a peep of defense either apart from “Gym” Jordan and MTG? Deep down they’ve always hated him and cannot wait for him to self-emoluate. They just don’t say it out loud.

Yup. Silence in the face of repugnance is complicity.

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It’s the Right’s Anthony Weiner only Anthony didn’t (allegedly) have actual sex with minors. Plus trafficking and Estacy!

Party of family values indeed.

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I demand a full investigation! Oh there is one? Great.

A 10-foot pole doesn’t seem long enough for his old pals. He sure was angry about that Hunter thing, what was that, haven’t heard anything about it recently.

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Innocent until proven guilty. Hopefully his fellow Republicans will allow a proper investigation to be conducted.

partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department

Mighty partisan of you, Matt. The investigation was started by Trump's boy Bill Barr during your Trump's reign.

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Matt Gaetz, poster boy of the Trump legacy.

Even before this scandal was revealed, I knew he was a filthy person because when he opens his mouth, only trash spews out.

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It’s both utterly predictable and astoundingly delicious that he’s been thrown under the bus by Stupid Voldemort and his merry band of poop-eaters.

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Why aren’t all republicans demanding an investigation? Not a peep from any of them.

Isn’t he already being investigated by the FBI? What more should they demand - should Mueller be brought out of retirement one more time to really prove he is guilty before he can prove he is innocent?

It looks like Gaetz had sex with women. Big deal! An anonymous claim has been made that he had sex with an underaged girl and paid her to travel across state lines. If true, that is a big deal. Given the political hit jobs coming out of the FBI the last five years, I will wait to see if they have proof before jumping to conclusions.

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It looks like Gaetz had sex with women. Big deal! An anonymous claim has been made that he had sex with an underaged girl and paid her to travel across state lines. If true, that is a big deal

There are apparently texts and and a trail of paper (well, the digital equivalent) confirming payment for services rendered. It wasn't confined to just the one underage girl either but multiple women paid allowances and paid to travel.

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Guilty until proven innocent? Is that the new standard?

Fairly certain it is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law inside the USA.

Once he's found guilty - hold him accountable to the full extent the law provides. If he isn't found guilty, then his reputation is already ruined by just allegations.

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Was Gaetz an acolyte of Mark Foley? At least this 17 yo young lady wasn't as far as we know a Congressional Page. Reminds me of Roy Ashburn.

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In the photo leading the article the dude looks like a televangelist.

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He is truly a repugnant human being. No, actually, he shouldn't even be classified as a human being. I think I truly started hating him the moment he became the lone Congress person to vote against a human trafficking bill. He obviously showed that he doesn't mind the trafficking of minors.

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What's missing from this story and what isn't talked about enough is the allegations of fake IDs. There are texts linking Matt Gaetz, a conservative Republican, to the manufacture or fake IDs.

I find this supremely ironic considering how Republicans insist that voter ID laws are needed to protect the "fidelity" of elections. I guess IDs don't always work?

nypost.com/2021/04/02/text-messages-that-allegedly-sparked-matt-gaetz-probe-emerge/amp/

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Why aren’t all republicans demanding an investigation? Not a peep from any of them.

Maybe for the same reason the Dems do not demand an investigation of a certain person who did the same ting (or worse) but who I cannot mention as that would be considered "offensive/vulgar."

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Maybe for the same reason the Dems do not demand an investigation of a certain person who did the same ting (or worse) but who I cannot mention as that would be considered "offensive/vulgar."

So what do you think about Gaetz?

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suggesting that accusations against him by political foes stem from anger that he “loathes the swamp.”

Stop me if you've heard this one before....

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Why do they force them to have drug tests but not lie detector tests?

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Brash, young, highly educated & ambitious, Rep. Gaetz always sought the spotlight, but now he's going down in flames in front of the world. If proven guilty of sex trafficking and/or other sex crimes, even Trump won't be able to save his sorry behind from a lengthy prison sentence. It was funny that even Tucker Carlson on Fox TV distanced himself from Gaetz during a recent interview, which probably means that Tucker probably believe the allegations are true.

It's interesting how these arrogant people who have everything going for them make such stupid mistakes.

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He always reminds me of Bruce Campbell’s performance as a plastic surgeon in Escape from LA.

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Bruce Campbell is great in everything, but he does that look and his movements are really creepy as the SG of Beverly Hills. One of the only good points in the film.

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Desert TortoiseToday  08:36 am JST

In the photo leading the article the dude looks like a televangelist.

He's got the hateful bellicose sneer of one. Standing at a podium shouting at people like an obnoxious babboon.

The AvengerToday  07:32 am JST

Matt Gaetz, poster boy of the Trump legacy.

Even before this scandal was revealed, I knew he was a filthy person because when he opens his mouth, only trash spews out.

jack o helenToday  08:36 am JST

He is truly a repugnant human being. No, actually, he shouldn't even be classified as a human being. I think I truly started hating him the moment he became the lone Congress person to vote against a human trafficking bill. He obviously showed that he doesn't mind the trafficking of minors.

And now his hands are shaking bigtime. And I say, 'La la la la-la-la, he's got the look! Ow!'

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So what do you think about Gaetz?

I don't know yet if these accusations are true; they are just words from an anonymous source. It's not like I have actually seen photos from a forgotten PC of him having sex with a 17 year old girl... or a 14 year old girl....

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Why aren’t all republicans demanding an investigation? Not a peep from any of them.

I do, I want an investigation, but hey, when Dems get into alleged scandals, they’re silent,

Gaetz deserves the presumption of innocence, but there needs to be an investigation

I absolutely agree.

He's got the hateful bellicose sneer of one. Standing at a podium shouting at people like an obnoxious babboon.

But he can do that, look at the other comical Democrats shouting out daily nonsense, it’s idiotic, but they have the right to spout off, that’s democracy.

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I don't know yet if these accusations are true; they are just words from an anonymous source. It's not like I have actually seen photos from a forgotten PC of him having sex with a 17 year old girl... or a 14 year old girl....

I agree, we have to be careful with these accusations, so many times peoples lives were destroyed based on false accusations. We need to have a. Levelheaded approach.

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I don't know yet if these accusations are true; they are just words from an anonymous source. It's not like I have actually seen photos from a forgotten PC of him having sex with a 17 year old girl... or a 14 year old girl....

Well, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see like the rest of us. Forgotten PC, yeah seems like almost everyone forgot about it.

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It's not all bad news for Gaetz, polls of Repubs now show him in a tie with Jerry Falwell Jr as Trump's running mate in 2024...

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When someone as extreme as greene starts deleting her selfies with gaetz, you know he is big trouble!!!

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Weird guy unfortunately from my state. I cannot imagine who in their right mind would want to be a politician in this day and age. It is like volunteering to be a test dummy for flame throwers. Even Trump had a good life before he became president.

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tucker and gaetz, a misogynist and a pedophile would have been the perfect President and VP candidates for the GOP in 2024!!!

But then gaetz dragged tucker into his scandal!!!!

Now tucker might be called in as a witness!!!

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It's not all bad news for Gaetz, polls of Repubs now show him in a tie with Jerry Falwell Jr as Trump's running mate in 2024...

If it works, why not?

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tucker

Again, that 10 year old debunked myth..lol

and gaetz, a misogynist and a pedophile

What evidence, how could you know before the investigation?

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Well, as a Trump supporter, what I'm most impressed by is the full-throated support of my ex-President for Rep Gaetz over the past week...

Haven't you heard him yelling that Gaetz is the subject of a massive "witch hunt"?

Didn't you see Trump all over right-wing media praising Gaetz and saying he was of high moral character?

Loyalty - that's what President Trump stands for...

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Gaetz is toast. He went on Tucker Carlson’s hour of hate to say that the girl didn’t exist... then said that Tucker had had dinner with to her! Better keep your story straight, Matty-boy.

How funny that Qanon “save the children” chumps who cheered Gaetz on were supporting a pedophile all along.

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Well, as a Trump supporter, what I'm most impressed by is the full-throated support of my ex-President for Rep Gaetz over the past week...

Haven't you heard him yelling that Gaetz is the subject of a massive "witch hunt"?

Could be, wouldn’t be the first time.

Didn't you see Trump all over right-wing media praising Gaetz and saying he was of high moral character?

He could be, I remember when the left tried to destroy Kavanaugh and they failed, so a bit of caution here.

Loyalty - that's what President Trump stands for...

All of them want that.

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Gaetz is toast.

We heard that about Kavanugh, we heard that about Mitch, we heard it about Cruz, you don’t know that. No one does.

He went on Tucker Carlson’s hour of hate to say that the girl didn’t exist... then said that Tucker had had dinner with to her! Better keep your story straight, Matty-boy.

He could be guilty, but he could be totally innocent, we don’t know, let the facts come out and if he is, blast him.

How funny that Qanon “save the children” chumps who cheered Gaetz on were supporting a pedophile all along.

What? Dear lord......lol

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He could be guilty

He is. His female colleagues in Florida called him “creepy Gaetz”. Just gross.

What? Dear lord......lol

I guess you’d know more than me. After all, you called Qanon believers “very sensible people”. And I’m sure you’ve cheered on child sex trafficker Matt Gaetz a number of times. You can just abandon him now, you know. Oh, wait, you also supported pedophile and predator Roy Moore. So I get why you wouldn’t.

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Silence sometimes speaks louder than words, when the normally rabble rousing GOP bigots go silent, you know something has hit the ceiling.

Unfortunately for gaetz, charges of pedophilia are something even shameless donald will not step into.

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We heard that about Kavanugh, we heard that about Mitch, we heard it about Cruz, you don’t know that. No one does.

Normally standing with someone through thick and thin shows character, but when that someone is a pedophile it is the exact opposite.

What? Dear lord......lol

Pedophilia has nothing to do with the 'Lord' nor is funny!!!

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gaetz says the Justice department isn't coming for him, they are coming for you.

If you are a pedophile and a child sex traffickers, sure the Justice Department is coming for you!!

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Florida Republican Rep Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations

He’s pretty much done at this point. Stick a fork in this guy. Florida deserves better.

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The GOP claims to be a patriotic party. But it is against democracy, against civil rights, and even against baseball. It is pro-fascism, pro-criminality, and pro-sex traffickers. Shameful.

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He’s pretty much done at this point.

Not yet, wait and let the msm jump all over this, that’s what they do, jump to conclusions unless it’s a minority or a Dem, then we need to wait before all the facts are all out and never cast aspersions unknowingly.

He is. His female colleagues in Florida called him “creepy Gaetz”. Just gross.

But we didn’t have a formal investigation, so we don’t know. Look, I find Cuomo and Schumer the most sickest and disgusting men to ever have served in politics, but I’m willing to give everyone the benefit of a doubt even if I personally find them guilty, that’s irrelevant as everyone else’s opinion is.

I guess you’d know more than me.

I know to wait until the facts are out.

After all, you called Qanon believers “very sensible people”

Some, I guess you have some sensible Antifa and BLM as well.

. And I’m sure you’ve cheered on child sex trafficker Matt Gaetz a number of times.

I like Gaetz, deep respect for him, but I don’t know anything about the charges, wait and see first, that’s our system in the US. Innocent until proven guilty.

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Well, as a Trump supporter, what I'm most impressed by is the full-throated support of my ex-President for Rep Gaetz over the past week...

Haven't you heard him yelling that Gaetz is the subject of a massive "witch hunt"?

Could be, wouldn’t be the first time.

You saw Trump say this about Gaetz? Where?

Didn't you see Trump all over right-wing media praising Gaetz and saying he was of high moral character?

He could be, I remember when the left tried to destroy Kavanaugh and they failed, so a bit of caution here.

You saw Trump supporting Gaetz on far-right media? Where?

Loyalty - that's what President Trump stands for...

All of them want that.

And so far Gaetz has gotten zero...

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But we didn’t have a formal investigation, so we don’t know. 

We do know. That's what he was called by his female colleagues. We don't need to investigate this: they volunteered the information.

Some, I guess you have some sensible Antifa and BLM as well.

No Qanon supporters are sensible. They believe a nonsense conspiracy theory and openly support fascism.

Antifa opposes fascism, and BLM believes Black Lives Matter. They are very sensible.

that’s our system in the US. Innocent until proven guilty.

Will you apologise for supporting "lock her up"?

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You saw Trump say this about Gaetz? Where?

You did?

You saw Trump supporting Gaetz on far-right media? Where?

What did. the media say again?

And so far Gaetz has gotten zero...

You don’t know that. I’m sure Cuomo has a lot of support under the table.....

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