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CNN Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican being investigated by the Justice Department over sex trafficking allegationsmade a name for himself when he arrived on Capitol Hill as a conservative firebrand on TV and staunch defender of then-President Donald Trump.
Behind the scenes, Gaetz gained a reputation in Congress over his relationships with women and bragging about his sexual escapades to his colleagues, multiple sources told CNN. More Videos Gaetz showed nude photos of women to lawmakers, sources say. Pelosi explains why she rejected GOP lawmakers from January 6 committee.
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The sources, including two people directly shown the material, said Gaetz displayed the images of women on his phone and talked about having sex with them. One of the videos showed a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to one source. Feds' investigation of Matt Gaetz includes whether campaign funds were used to pay for travel and expenses. There's no indication these pictures are connected to the DOJ investigation. Gaetz, 38, who was elected to Congress inhas been at the center of a of controversies in his four-plus years in Congress.
But he's now embroiled in easily his biggest scandal yet, after the Justice Department began investigating him in the final months of the Trump administration under then-Attorney General William Barr as part of a larger investigation into another Florida politician. Federal investigators are examining whether Gaetz engaged in a relationship with a woman that began when she was 17 years old and whether his involvement with other young women broke federal sex trafficking and prostitution laws, two people briefed on the matter said.
Gaetz has denied the allegations, saying "no part of the allegations against me are true," and he claimed Tuesday that he was the victim of an extortion plot, which the FBI is separately investigating. 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," Gaetz said in a statement.
Gaetz and a spokesperson for Gaetz did not respond to requests for comment on the images and videos he allegedly showed to lawmakers. After the DOJ investigation into Gaetz surfaced this week, there were a handful of Republicans in Congress who defended him, speaking out on his behalf, including both Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. But many House Republicans stayed quiet.
Gaetz made a name for himself on conservative television soon upon his arrival to Congress inwhere he's often been a thorn in the side of House Republican leadership while aligning himself nude european teens with the Freedom Caucus and Trump during his presidency. Gaetz has been a constant presence on both Newsmax and Fox News -- much more than any typical rank-and-file House member -- and he turned to Fox soon after the allegations surfaced Tuesday. At one point during Gaetz's first term, staff for then-House Speaker Paul Ryan held a short meeting with Gaetz in the Capitol, where they had a discussion with Gaetz about acting professionally while in Congress, according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting.
One source said the conversation wasn't tied to a specific incident. Ryan didn't directly have a conversation with Gaetz. Gaetz's spokesperson denied that he was ever reprimanded by Ryan or his staff. Hours before the news broke Tuesday of the investigation involving Gaetz, Axios reported he was considering leaving Congress for a job at the conservative television station Newsmax.
On Capitol Hill, Gaetz has a of headline-grabbing incidents to his credit, both at the Capitol and on Twitter. Gaetz seen with a gas mask in early Gaetz was one of the most vocal backers of Trump's lie after the election that the election was stolen from him. After 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump in January, Gaetz personally took up the task of trying to oust the House's GOP conference chair Liz Cheney, the highest-ranking Republican to support impeachment, traveling to Wyoming to hold a rally against Cheney in her home state. In Marchwhen the scale of the Covid pandemic was not yet clear, Gaetz wore a gas mask on the floor of the House during the first vote on an emergency funding bill for the coronavirus response.
Gaetz was admonished last year by the House Ethics Committee for a tweet threatening Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen nude european teens of his testimony before the House Oversight Committee. The committee found the tweet "did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws" but did not "reflect creditably" upon the House. The Florida bar also investigated the case and cleared Gaetz. He apologized for the tweet. Later that year, Gaetz led a band of House Republicans who barged into a closed-door House impeachment inquiry interview, occupying the House Intelligence Committee spaces for several hours in a publicity stunt to protest the investigation that would lead to Trump's first impeachment.
Gaetz has also found himself in hot water over his spending practices. Gaetz's office returned the funds to the House and said it was a "glorified clerical error. Tucker Carlson livid after Rep. Matt Gaetz tries to rope him into controversy, source says. One of Gaetz's official actions as a member of Congress is also gaining fresh scrutiny in the wake of the DOJ investigation.
InGaetz was the one member of Congress to vote against a bill deed to create a coordinator in the Department of Transportation responsible for helping states develop policies to prevent human trafficking. At the time, Gaetz did a Facebook Live broadcast defending his vote.
He said he voted no because he felt the existing Transportation Department staffing should've been able to handle the task, and he was sent to Washington to stop the expansion of the federal government.Nude european teens
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