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‘Prove It’: Internet Torches Matt Gaetz For Claiming He’s ‘The Victim’ In Sex Trafficking Probe

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Twitter users are mocking Rep. Matt Gaetz after the Florida Republican launched a series of frantic tweets defending himself following a  report that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating his alleged sexual relations with a teenager.

In his tweets, Gaetz claimed he was the victim of “an organized criminal extortion” involving a former DOJ official and his own family.

“Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name,” Gaetz said.

“We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals. The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation,” he claimed.

“No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation,” he continued.

The Florida man also called on the DOJ to “immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations.”

According to The New York Times, the DOJ probe is investigating whether the Florida lawmaker had sexual relations with a teenager. The probe, which reportedly launched during the last months of the Trump administration, is also looking at whether the congressman violated federal sex trafficking laws by allegedly paying for the girl to travel with him.

The probe is reportedly part of a larger investigation into Joel Greenberg, a former local Florida tax collector and an ally of Gaetz who is facing charges of sex trafficking a child and payment to at least one female minor for sex. Greenberg has reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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