Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on Tuesday evening stated a former Division of Justice official tried to shake his family down for $25 million by blackmailing him with “horrible intercourse trafficking allegations.”
Gaetz made the declare in a interview with Fox Information’ Tucker Carlson, the place he stated he believes details about a DOJ probe into attainable sexual trafficking towards him was leaked to the media in an effort to finish an ongoing FBI investigation into the alleged extortion plot.
“On March 16, my father bought a textual content message demanding a gathering whereby an individual demanded $25 million in trade for making horrible intercourse trafficking allegations towards me go away,” Gaetz stated.
“Our family was so troubled by that, we went to the native FBI. The FBI and the Division of Justice have been so involved about this tried extortion of a member of Congress that they requested my dad to put on a wire, which he did, with the former Division of Justice official.”
Gaetz recognized the former DOJ official as David McGee.
McGee didn’t reply to request for remark Tuesday evening.
As a part of the alleged extortion probe, Gaetz stated there was a plan to wire McGee $4.5 million on Wednesday, “as a downpayment on this bribe.”
Within the Fox Information interview, Gaetz voiced suspicion over the timing of the report on the DOJ probe into him.
“The cash that was supposed to be paid … that will have proven much more proof of David McGee’s work on this extortion scheme,” he advised Carlson.
“And I imagine that’s why this horrible data and these horrible allegations have been used this night.”
Gaetz’s claims got here after The New York Occasions on Tuesday reported the Division of Justice is probing whether or not he had intercourse with a 17-year-old woman and violated intercourse trafficking legal guidelines.
He has denied the allegations, telling The Publish Tuesday, “within the strongest attainable phrases. I deny that I’ve ever been with somebody underage.”