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Gaetz Says He Won’t Resign as Sex Scandal Grows
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Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida said Friday that he will not resign as federal prosecutors examine, among other accusations, an alleged relationship he had with a 17-year-old girl.
The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly investigating whether Gaetz and a political associate, Joel Greenberg, broke federal sex-trafficking laws and paid underage girls in exchange for sex.
As the probe continues and more details are brought to light, calls for the congressman to resign have piled up.
But Gaetz, an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, told The Hill on Friday that rumors of his possible resignation are untrue. It is “very safe” to say he does not intend to resign, the outlet reported, citing a text from Gaetz, who said rumors of him stepping down are “false.”
The GOP congressman’s spokesperson, Luke Ball, resigned earlier on Friday.
The investigation into Gaetz stems from Greenberg’s 2020 indictment, in which the former Florida tax collector was charged with several federal crimes, including trafficking a minor for sex and illegally using a state database to make fake ID cards. Greenberg resigned from his job in Seminole County last summer following his arrest.
The New York Times reported that federal agents think Greenberg may have connected Gaetz with women he met through websites that broker dates in exchange for cash allowances, gifts or travel.
Gaetz, a 38-year-old who was elected to Congress in 2016, released a statement this week saying he and his family have “been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official.”