WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) during a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing with members of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee on Capitol Hill on December 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Army has fired or suspended 14 leaders at Fort Hood following an investigation into the death of Specialist Vanessa Guillén and numerous other deaths and reports of sexual abuse on the military base. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said on March 25 that if he was ever the subject of a scandal, he wanted it to be called “Gaetzgate.”

Less than a week later, the lawmaker got his wish.

It started with a bombshell New York Times story about a federal sex crimes investigation into Gaetz, which is said to be examining whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and violated sex-trafficking laws. Gaetz has not been charged in connection to the investigation.

But the saga has since morphed to include details of an alleged multimillion dollar extortion scheme Gaetz says was carried out by two former government officials who found out about the sex probe and tried to shake his family down.

Here’s what you need to know about “Gaetzgate,” beginning with the cast of characters:

Matt Gaetz: a Republican lawmaker who was elected in 2016 to represent Florida’s 1st Congressional District. He’s made headlines for his unwavering loyalty to former President Donald Trump and his public crusades against “cancel culture” and Big Tech.

Don Gaetz: Gaetz’s father, who used to be the president of the Florida state Senate and is now a private citizen.

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