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Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has claimed that the accusations surrounding his Justice Department sex-trafficking investigation were false smears used in an extortion attempt.
Now, one of the men that Gaetz accused of extortion, the former Air Force intelligence officer Bob Kent, is denying the claim, saying he was simply trying to ask Gaetz’s father for money to help free an American in Iran.
In interviews with CNN’s Chris Cuomo and SiriusXM personality Michael Smerconish on Monday, Kent said he was not responsible for Gaetz coming under scrutiny in the first place, and said he had nothing to do with the sex-trafficking investigation.
The DOJ is investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel, and whether he violated sex-trafficking laws in doing so. The New York Times first reported on that investigation last week.
Kent told CNN that before the Times report, he had “heard rumors” that Gaetz might be facing political and legal issues and that he made reference to them in a message to Gaetz’s father, the wealthy businessman Don Gaetz, to ask for a $25 million loan to help the …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics