DCR Politics & Investigations: Representative Matt Gaetz faces Justice Dept. investigation over alleged relationship with teen girl.☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a congressman who is under federal investigation for an alleged relationship with an underage girl.

The Justice Department is investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz a Florida Republican over an alleged sexual relationship with an underage girl, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investigation into Gaetz began last year, when Trump was still in office, after a criminal case against a different Florida politician led investigators to allegations that the congressman had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel, a person familiar with the matter said on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. As that probe was underway, the person said, Gaetz’s family raised allegations that the congressman was being extorted, and the FBI separately is exploring those claims. The Justice Department Investigation which had been conducted in secret for months, burst into the open Tuesday when the New York Times published a report on the investigation into the alleged sexual relationship, and Axios published an interview in which Gaetz confirmed the probe but said the allegations against him were “rooted in an extortion effort against my family.”

Gaetz repeated his extortion claim in a statement and then on Fox News, saying someone had been “seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name.” He said that his father, Donald Gaetz, a former president of the Florida Senate, had received a text message on March 16 demanding a meeting, and that on Wednesday, his father was supposed to contact a former Justice Department official “so that specific instructions could be given regarding the wiring of $4.5 million as a down payment on this bribe.” Gaetz said his family had contacted the local FBI about the matter. Gaetz identified the former Justice Department official as attorney David McGee, a former federal prosecutor in Florida now at the firm Beggs & Lane.

McGee disputed that he was part of any effort to extort Gaetz or that he was connected to the Justice Department’s investigation of possible sex trafficking by the congressman in an interview. He said Gaetz’s father had “called me and asked to talk to me,” though McGee declined to say what the conversation entailed.“It is completely false. It’s a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that he’s under investigation for sex trafficking of minors,” McGee said, adding, “I have no connection with that case at all, other than, one of a thousand people who have heard the rumors.”McGee said he would welcome the release of a tape of his conversation with Gaetz’s father. “If there is a tape, play the tape,” McGee said. “There is nothing on that tape that is untoward. It is a pleasant conversation of a dad concerned about his son and the trouble his son was in.” The Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment. Efforts to reach Donald Gaetz were not successful Tuesday night.

The investigation into Gaetz’s alleged relationship with the 17 year old grew from a federal case against a different Florida Republican: Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector who was charged last summer with sex trafficking of a child and a medley of other offenses.
According to an indictment in the case, Greenberg abused his access to a statewide database, using it to look up the personal information of people with whom he was in “sugar daddy” relationships, including the minor, and to help produce fake identification documents to “facilitate his efforts to engage in commercial sex acts.” He was also accused of seeking to undermine a political opponent by surfacing fabricated evidence of racism and misconduct.
Greenberg, who pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial in June, did not respond to a message seeking comment left at what appeared to be a phone number listed for him in public records. He resigned his political office after he was charged. Dream’s Chronicles Reloaded was unable to learn how Greenberg’s case connected to the allegations against Gaetz, or any details about the 17 year old with whom Gaetz was alleged to have had a relationship.

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