The FBI is investigating an alleged extortion scheme towards Consultant Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.), who’s himself the topic of a DOJ investigation into whether or not he violated intercourse trafficking legal guidelines.
Former Air Power intelligence analyst Bob Kent despatched a message to the congressman’s father, Don Gaetz, on March 16 providing to assist the congressman with “a plan that may make [Matt Gaetz’s] future authorized and political issues go away,” in keeping with paperwork offered to the Washington Examiner.
Don Gaetz — a Florida Republican who served as president of the Florida Senate — was suspicious of the supply and contacted the FBI, which is now investigating whether or not the supply constitutes legal extortion, folks accustomed to the matter instructed the Washington Put up.
On March 17 Kent and Florida developer Stephen Alford allegedly met with Don Gaetz in particular person. They proposed having Don Gaetz, a rich businessman, discover $25 million to fund an operation to retrieve FBI agent Robert Levinson—who was final seen in 2010 and is presumed to have died in Iran. In keeping with the paperwork, Kent and Alford steered that Matt Gaetz may declare credit score for the operation and this might assist his standing within the eyes of the DOJ.
The funds reportedly had been to have been deposited within the belief account of regulation agency Beggs & Lee below the title of David McGee, the Levinson household’s longtime lawyer and a former DOJ official.
The congressman would then obtain aide for his present authorized troubles. Kent and Alford reportedly indicated that the FBI is conscious of pictures of Gaetz in a “sexual orgy with underage prostitutes,” and had data of the DOJ investigation into the congressman.
The DOJ is analyzing whether or not Gaetz violated federal intercourse trafficking statutes in an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old lady and it’s unclear how Kent and Alford may have influenced the probe. The statutes in query forbid adults from inducing a minor to cross state traces for intercourse. Gaetz has adamantly denied having a sexual relationship with a minor and has stated his journey information will affirm that he by no means traveled with a minor.
Folks accustomed to the matter denied that Justice Division investigators had been linked to the alleged extortion try, in feedback to the Put up. Nonetheless, Gaetz has stated that information of the DOJ investigation might have leaked as a part of the alleged extortion.
“It is a blatant try and distract from the truth that Matt Gaetz is seemingly about to be indicted for intercourse trafficking underage women,” McGee stated in feedback to the Every day Beast. McGee stated allegations of extortion had been “utterly, completely false.”