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Rep. Matt Gaetz vows to fight sex trafficking allegation

Rep. Matt Gaetz vows to fight sex trafficking allegation

Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has hired a legal team to fight what he believes are “unfounded allegations” of sex-trafficking and prostitution against him, a spokesperson said Friday.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Gaetz, a Republican, said he’s hired New York attorneys Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, who will, “take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods.”

“Matt has always been a fighter,” the spokesperson added.

“He’s going to fight back against the unfounded allegations against him,” they added.

Gaetz is reportedly under federal investigation for a host of allegations, including whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel across state lines.

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The New York Times reported last week that investigators are also probing if Gaetz paid prostitutes for ecstasy-fueled sex romps set up by his friend and political ally Joel Greenberg.

The feds have charged Greenberg with sex trafficking and other crimes, and he has reportedly struck a plea deal with authorities in his case. The federal probe into Gaetz grew out of the investigation into Greenberg, the Times reported.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks with fans during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on Feb 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.
Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks with fans during the Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on Feb 27, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.
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Gaetz, who has not been charged with a crime, denies the allegations and has deflected media coverage of the probe by claiming he’s the target of an elaborate shakedown by a former DOJ official.

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