Matt Gaetz Allegations: Representative Matt Gaetz is being investigated over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. Here’s what both sides are saying. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
Top Story: Matt Gaetz Allegations
A trio of writers at The New York Times report: “Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump, is being investigated by the Justice Department over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him, according to three people briefed on the matter.
Investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, the people said. A variety of federal statutes make it illegal to induce someone under 18 to travel over state lines to engage in sex in exchange for money or something of value. The Justice Department regularly prosecutes such cases, and offenders often receive severe sentences.” Here’s what both sides are saying about the latest political sex scandal:
On The Right
The right sees accusations and headlines but no facts to support them.
On Fox News, constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley says he is “confused by the inability to confirm the facts surrounding the New York Times’ report.” He states that while the Congressman claims to be a victim of an extortion conspiracy involving an ex-DOJ official, The New York Times accuses him of “traveling with an underage girl for sex in violation of federal law.” Turley is “confused as to the timing of this leak and the inability to confirm these basic facts.” He questions why the call that supposedly provides evidence of the alleged extortion has not been made public, since neither the person on the call nor Gaetz object to its release.
On The Left
The left sees a flailing Gaetz and an investigation with plenty of smoke, but a lack of fire.
Writing for CNN, Attorney Jennifer Rodgers criticizes Gaetz’s legal strategy. She believes that he “should have stuck with a plain old denial, saying that he did nothing wrong” instead of going further and denying the existence of the 17-year-old while accusing an ex-official named McGee of extorting him. While McGee “does admit speaking to Gaetz’s father,” he nonetheless “claims that there was nothing untoward about the conversation.” Ultimately, Rodgers says she has “no idea whether Gaetz should or will be charged for sex trafficking,” but she does see “the diversionary tactics Gaetz employed here” failing to distract prosecutors from their jobs.
Flag This: Matt Gaetz Allegations
Rumors were swirling that Gaetz had been in talks with conservative news outlets while seeking a post-Congressional media job, according to the New York Post. Here’s how the allegations are playing out across the airwaves