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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Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said Friday that he does not plan to resign amid a growing firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations.

In a text conversation with The Hill, Gaetz said that rumors that he will step down are “false” and that it’s “very safe” to say he doesn’t have any intention of resigning.

The New York Times reported this week that the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and if he broke federal sex-trafficking laws. Investigators are also said to be examining whether Gaetz used campaign money to fund travel and other expenses for women.

On Thursday, The Times reported that investigators are zeroing in on Gaetz’s interactions with several women who were recruited online for sex and got cash payments.

One person familiar with the conversations told The Times that Gaetz told the women to say that he paid for dinners and hotel rooms as part of their dates if anyone asked about the nature of their relationships.

Gaetz said earlier this week that while he was “generous” with women he’d previously dated by paying for things, he was “absolutely” confident none of them were underage.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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