Contested MP Matt Gaetz says he will not step down from Congress
April 5, 2021, 8:32 p.m.
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WASHINGTON – MP Matt Gaetz said Monday he would not leave Congress and denied having “slept” with an underage girl, suggesting political enemy allegations against him stemmed from anger that he “loathed the swamp.” “.
In a column for the Washington Examiner, a conservative news agency, the embattled Republican from Florida predicted that “some of my moronic colleagues in Congress” will ask him to resign.
“No, I have absolutely not resigned,” he wrote on Monday in one of his first public comments on the allegations.
The 38-year-old Gaetz is being examined by the federal prosecutor’s office to determine whether he has had sex with a 17-year-old girl or other underage girls and whether he has violated federal laws on sex trafficking. This is according to people who are familiar with the investigation and who spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not publicly discuss details.
Gaetz, who has not charged any crimes, denied the allegations on Monday.
“First, I never paid for sex,” he wrote. “Second, as a grown man, I didn’t sleep with a 17-year-old.”
Engaged since New Year’s Eve, he wrote: “My lifestyle from yesterday may be different from now, but it was and is not illegal.”
Gaetz used his column to attack Democrats, news organizations and others. His enemies repeated “just false accusations about a congressman who detests the swamp and fights against both sides on a daily basis.”
He also predicted, “I am sure that some partisans in the Merrick Garland Justice Department are trying to twist the truth and twist the law in order to persecute me.”
The FBI, the Justice Department of the Biden government and the “political dynasty of Cheney” were among the units that Gaetz was accused of wrongly attacking him.
The Justice Department investigation began last year when Trump was still President. Gaetz helped wage an unsuccessful battle in January to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, from her job as GOP leader of House No. 3. Days earlier, she was among only 10 Republicans in the House to vote in favor of the Trump charge.
Gaetz’s article was published the same day a former congressional assistant told reporters he was interviewed by the FBI last week. Nathan Nelson, a military adviser who left Gaetz’s office in October, said he was asked if he left that job because he knew about Gaetz’s “involvement in illegal activities”.
“I’m here this morning to say that nothing could be further from the truth. Neither I nor any other member of Congressman Gaetz was aware of any illegal activity, ”Nelson said at his home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Nelson did not provide specific details about the FBI interrogations. Without elaborating on them, he believes the allegations against Gaetz are false.
AP reporter Bobby Caina Calvan contributed from Santa Rosa Beach.