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.
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.
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.