Matt Gaetz says he might be ‘wanted by the deep state’ as House committee probes underage sex claims, corruption allegations
Representative Matt Gaetz, who has been investigated by fellow lawmakers and federal prosecutors for alleged sexual misdeeds and corruption, has suggested the ‘deep state’ is working to frame him, as he protested his innocence.
“I may be a canceled man in some corners. I may even be a wanted man by the Deep State. But I hear the millions of Americans who feel forgotten, canceled, ignored, marginalized and targeted,” Gaetz tweeted on Saturday, adding that he is still supported by “the silent majority.”
I may be a canceled man in some corners. I may even be a wanted man by the Deep State. But I hear the millions of Americans who feel forgotten, canceled, ignored, marginalized and targeted. I draw confidence knowing that the silent majority is growing louder every day.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 10, 2021
Gaetz, who has been adamant about not stepping down, cited a poll by Victory Insights showing that over 70% of his constituents believe he should stay in office, while about 63% think he is not guilty of what he is being accused of – namely that he has had sexual encounters with a teenage girl, paid multiple adult women for sex via an accused sex trafficker, and used campaign funds to finance these activities.Also on rt.com House Ethics Committee investigating underage sex claims against Trump ally Matt Gaetz
Gaetz invoking the ‘deep state’ – a sprawling conspiracy theory claiming a network of predominantly non-elected officials makes up a “hidden state” which is really in charge of the government – has sparked a torrent of outraged comments from liberals. Actress and activist Rosanna Arquette accused Gaetz of being a “pedophile” and “a sex trafficker” – all without evidence.
Keep talking. Please.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) April 10, 2021
News flash ...You are a pedophile ,a sex trafficker ,you are as corrupt and evil as it gets. You are a criminal. And you are going to jail.— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) April 10, 2021
Former president Donald Trump habitually referred to the ‘deep state’ during his speeches, vowing to disrupt it as well as “drain the swamp” or rein in the bureaucracy.
On Friday, the Democrat-controlled House Ethics Committee launched a probe into Gaetz, citing a litany of misconduct allegations, including that Gaetz “shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor.” These were reportedly naked images of women he’d slept with and with whom he “may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use.”
Gaetz, who reportedly mulled running for the Senate in Alabama before the scandal broke, has been on the ropes, vehemently denying all allegations against him. “I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” he said at a ‘Save America Summit’ event at Trump National Doral in Miami on Friday.
Folks have gotten to know that I'll take on the establishment of both parties, and I wouldn't have it any other way.I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/X8PBHcxwAf— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 10, 2021
Apart from the congressional probe, Gaetz has been investigated by the Justice Department, with its probe reportedly specifically focusing on the allegation that the Florida Republican paid a 17-year-old girl to accompany him on his trips and had sex with her. Gaetz, however, argued that a sexual misconduct probe might be a ploy to distract from an ongoing FBI investigation into the alleged attempt to extort his family out of $25 million. Gaetz accused former DOJ prosecutor David McGee of being behind the scheme. McGee has denied the accusations.
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