Republican Representative of Florida, Matt Gaetz, hasn’t been having the best week. This rising conservative star of the nation is now under federal investigation for sexual misconduct with women. He now fears that he might be criminally charged.
What Matt Gaetz Is Saying
In a recent interview with Axios, Gaetz said that “The allegations against me are as searing as they are false. I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy.”
Axios had just reported earlier this Tuesday that Gaetz has spoken privately with a number of confidants, in which he mentioned that he is thinking of leaving Congress to pick up a job at Newsmax and he is considering not seeking out re-election at all.
Gaetz, who is now 38-years-old and engaged to be married, said the allegations against him are “unclear.” He also says that he has heard very little. However, this past Tuesday morning, the New York Times reported that Matt Gaetz is under investigation from the Justice Department as to “whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him.”
Gaetz, on the other hand, says that the allegations against him are false.
“They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away.”
In a personal statement released this past Tuesday night, Gaetz said that he and his family had been victims of an “organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name.”
Possible Ties To a Missing FBI Agent
Now, investigators are beginning to connect this story to the story of an FBI agent who went missing 14 years ago in Iran.
According to the Washington Examiner, which obtained and reported on a number of documents, Gaetz’s family was approached a while back by Bob Kent, a former Air F0rce intelligence officer.
Kent told them that he had found Robert Levinson, a former agent whose family believed he was dead. To fund the operation to rescue Levinson, however, Kent needed a $25 million loan. In return, he promised to help Gaetz with legal woes.
The document, which Kent reportedly gave Gaetz’s father, said, “In exchange for the funds being arranged, and upon the release of Mr. Levinson, the team that delivers Mr. Levinson to the President of The United States shall strongly advocate that President Biden issue a Presidential Pardon, or instruct the Department of Justice to terminate any and all investigations involving Congressman Gaetz.”
The document asked that Gaetz’s father put $25 million into a Beggs & Land law firm trust account, a firm bearing the name of formal federal prosecutor David McGee and Levinson family attorney.
Gaetz has been one of the biggest defenders of Trump in Congress, yet the ex-president has remained on the sidelines during this whole ordeal. The same goes for Don Jr., who has been one of Gaetz’s biggest allies.