In the heat of controversy, Florida spokesman Matt Gaetz is not the one to let publicity – good or bad – fail. Now, after New York Times reported it Gaetz is under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegations of sex trafficking by a minor, the congressman uses a spotlight to drum donations.
In a new email for the campaign Gaetz calls Times an “extreme leftist” organization and claims the newspapers published “dirty” lies about him to tarnish his name.
“I am fighting against some of the most powerful institutions in the world funded by globalist billionaires. I need every patriot to stand by me. Can I count on your support?” reads the e-mail he brought to light Notes with speech points.
A red button at the bottom of the email that says “CLICK HERE TO COME BACK AGAINST FALSE NEWS” leads to the donations page on the Gaetz campaign website. Gaetz was re-elected in 2022, although rumors circulated earlier this year that he could step down from Congress get a job at Newsmax or to run for Florida Commissioner for Agriculture.
Matt Gaetz is now raising funds for his flared-up scandal, which focuses on investigating his possible violation of the sex trafficking law involving an underage girl pic.twitter.com/OJwGBoOxn9
– Kate Riga (@ Kate_Riga24) April 6, 2021
The controversy over Gaetz began last week Times a story that revealed DOJ officials were investigating whether a 38-year-old congressman paid for sex with a 17-year-old or offered her something in monetary value in exchange for sex, which would violate federal sex trafficking laws. The allegations include an alleged link from about two years ago.
According to Times, the investigation into Gaetz’s actions is part of a broader investigation by his associate, former Seminole County taxman Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last year multiple charging, including sex trafficking of minors. According to Times, the girl who participated in the Gaetz DOJ investigation is said to be the same girl who participated in Greenberg’s human trafficking case. The Times also reports that investigators are investigating allegations that Gaetz recruited women for sex through websites and paid them Cash applications and Apple Pay.
As allegations of sex trafficking made headlines, CNN reported that it was Gaetz supposedly sharing nude pictures of his sexual partners with other deputies.
Gaetz vehemently denied allegations of human trafficking and sex with a minor. He says he has never been involved in illegal activities and claims the allegations are part of $ 25 million extortion. He says he and his father alerted the DOJ to the alleged extortion scheme and cooperated in the DOJ’s conspiracy investigation. He called on the DOJ to publish recordings of the investigation, which he claims will prove his innocence.
As Gaetz tries to use the scandal to fill his campaign coffers, his allies begin to distance themselves from him.
California Republican David Valadao said on Friday that the money Gaetz gave in his campaign would be donated to local organizations that support victims of domestic abuse, according to Fresno Bee.
Former Democratic representative Katie Hill from California, who was defended by Gaetz during her own sex scandal, wrote in a recently published issue for Vanity Fair that if CNN’s allegations are true, Gaetz should step down.
“Matt and I made an unlikely friendship in Congress, and he was one of the few colleagues to speak out after a malicious leak of nude photos upgraded my life,” Hill wrote. “But if the recent reports are true, he was dealing with exactly the practice he was defending me against – and he should resign immediately.”
Gaetz is scheduled to appear Friday at an event called the Summit of Save America at Trump National Doral, the email said. Women for America first, a political group that helped organize the pro-Trump rally that preceded the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz was a fearless leader in Washington,” the e-mail said. “Few members of Congress are more willing than Matt to stand up and fight on behalf of President Trump and his first U.S. agenda. We are honored to have Congressman Gaetz speak at the Save America summit.”
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