The DOJ is reportedly investigating whether Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him.

Gaetz, R-Fla, a 38-year-old conservative said in a statement on Tuesday he denies the reported allegations against him. He said that he is being threatened in a $25 million “organized criminal extortion” scheme involving a former Justice Department official.


Gaetz also says that he is cooperating with the FBI and that his father “has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals.”

“The planted leak to the New York Times tonight was intended to thwart that investigation,” Gaetz claimed Tuesday evening.

Charges have not been filed against the Florida congressman.

The New York Times reported Tuesday

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