Rep. Matt Gaetz‘s ex-head of army affairs held a press convention Monday revealing he was interviewed by the FBI however claimed the lurid allegations towards the Florida Republican are an try to ‘discredit a really vocal conservative.’

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Former Gaetz staffer Nathan Nelson instructed reporters that two FBI brokers interviewed him on Wednesday. ‘They instructed me that members of the media reached out to them, asserting that I had earlier information of Congressman Gaetz’s involvement in unlawful actions,’ Nelson mentioned. 

‘They asserted that due to that information I resigned my place because the director of army affairs,’ he continued. ‘I am right here this morning to state that nothing might be farther from the reality.’

Rep. Matt Gaetz's former head of military affairs, Nathan Nelson, said Monday that he was interviewed by the FBI last week, but the pretext of the interview was based on false claims, Nelson said, so he believed that salacious claims against Gaetz are also false

Rep. Matt Gaetz’s former head of army affairs, Nathan Nelson, mentioned Monday that he was interviewed by the FBI final week, however the pretext of the interview was primarily based on false claims, Nelson mentioned, so he believed that salacious claims towards Gaetz are additionally false 

In a photograph shared by his office, Rep. Matt Gaetz (center, red tie) hosted a Constitution Day program alongside Nathan Nelson (seated), who then served as his deputy director of Military Affairs

In {a photograph} shared by his workplace, Rep. Matt Gaetz (heart, pink tie) hosted a Structure Day program alongside Nathan Nelson (seated), who then served as his deputy director of Navy Affairs 

Nathan Nelson, Rep. Matt Gaetz's former head of military affairs, takes questions from reporters in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Nathan Nelson, Rep. Matt Gaetz’s former head of army affairs, takes questions from reporters in Santa Rosa Seashore, Florida 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (right) is expected to be indicted in a federal court over the next few weeks in connection to sexual activity with at least one minor. Here he's photographed with his fiancee Ginger Luckey (left)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (proper) is anticipated to be indicted in a federal court docket over the subsequent few weeks in connection to sexual exercise with no less than one minor. Right here he is photographed along with his fiancee Ginger Luckey (left) 

Nelson argued that as a result of the FBI’s pretext for interviewing him wasn’t correct, the allegations towards Gaetz have been unfaithful.  

‘These baseless claims towards me leads me additional satisfied that the allegations towards Congressman Gaetz are likewise fabricated and merely an try to discredit a really vocal conservative,’ Nelson mentioned.  

The congressman, 38, is anticipated to be indicted in a federal court docket over the subsequent few weeks in connection to sexual exercise with no less than one minor, who testified earlier than a Florida grand jury that she had intercourse with him earlier than she turned 18, DailyMail.com has  realized.

Investigators have additionally reportedly been wanting into allegations he paid ladies by way of Apple Pay for ecstasy-fueled intercourse at Florida accommodations after being launched to them by former tax collector Joel Greenberg, who has been charged with intercourse trafficking a minor. 

A defiant Gaetz continues to assert he’s the sufferer – of an elaborate extortion plot – and has vowed to not stand down, telling the Washington Examiner in a textual content Friday afternoon: ‘I am not resigning.’ 

An alert for Nelson’s Florida press convention was despatched out to reporters from Gaetz’s congressional workplace, however the ex-staffer insisted he hadn’t spoken to the embattled congressman just lately. 

‘You already know I hoaven’t had a chance to talk to Congressman Gaetz in a number of months,’ Nelson mentioned. 

When requested by, then, Gaetz’s congressional workplace was promoting the press convention Nelson answered, ‘I stay loosely affiliated with Congressman Gaetz’s workplaces as a army adviser, so in an unpaid capability.’ 

Nelson additionally mentioned he had no ‘proof’ in assist of his claims that Gaetz was harmless. 

‘I am not right here to offer any diploma of proof in assist of Congressman Gaetz,’ he defined. ‘Solely to discredit these baseless allegations.’  

Nelson mentioned he left Gaetz’s workplace in October and it was a ‘deliberate departure.’  

GOP members past and present have remained silent on their support for media-hungry Congressman Matt Gaetz , who continues to refuse to resign and has hit out at the 'left' claiming it 'levels the punishment before the facts are even known'. Gaetz and Trump

GOP members previous and current have remained silent on their assist for media-hungry Congressman Matt Gaetz , who continues to refuse to resign and has hit out on the ‘left’ claiming it ‘ranges the punishment earlier than the information are even identified’. Gaetz and Trump

Gaetz hit out at the media Friday night for covering the allegations against him claiming it 'protects Democrats and seeks to attack Republicans'

Gaetz hit out on the media Friday evening for overlaying the allegations towards him claiming it ‘protects Democrats and seeks to assault Republicans’

Gaetz hit out on the media Friday evening for overlaying the allegations towards him claiming it ‘protects Democrats and seeks to assault Republicans’. 

‘The media protects Democrats and seeks to assault Republicans,’ tweeted Gaetz.

‘However relating to Trump Republicans, and positively Trump himself, the left ranges the punishment earlier than the information are even identified.’

Gaetz shared a clip from Newsmax the place host Grant Stinchfield claimed the media was ‘attacking’ Gaetz as a result of he’s an ‘unabashed Trump ally.’ 

Gaetz is rumored to be angling for a job on the right-wing community. Simply hours earlier than information of the DOJ probe broke Tuesday, Axios reported that Gaetz was telling mates about plans to retire from Congress to take a media job there. 

His accusation of bias comes after individuals have this week accused Republicans of the reverse.

A number of social media customers accused the Republican get together of hypocrisy after many GOP lawmakers known as for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over over allegations of sexual harassment. 

‘Republicans went on a soapbox demanding Gov. Cuomo resign. I’ve but to see or hear one Republican name for Matt Gaetz resignation! Not one!’ one particular person wrote.

‘Dude allegedly shared pics/movies of girls he slept with on the Home ground. I imply…’ 

By Monday, Punchbowl was reporting that Republicans have been ready to push him out of Congress if Gaetz is indicted and the costs embrace intercourse with a youngster. 

Republicans will not await Democrats to make the demand, Punchbowl mentioned, citing senior GOP lawmakers. 

In the meantime, Democrats are calling for the Ethics Committee to look into allegations that Gaetz was exhibiting colleagues images of nude ladies he was sleeping with whereas on the Home ground, Punchbowl additionally reported.  

Former Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose time on Capitol Hill overlapped with Gaetz for 2 years, instructed Enterprise Insider Gaetz was a ‘most cancers’ for the Republican get together and that she can be glad to see the again of him. 

Gaetz has refused to resign amid claims he paid women for ecstasy-fueled sex and sex-trafficked a minor

Gaetz has refused to resign amid claims he paid ladies for ecstasy-fueled intercourse and sex-trafficked a minor

 

Social media users accused the Republican party of hypocrisy after many GOP lawmakers called for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment

Social media customers accused the Republican get together of hypocrisy after many GOP lawmakers known as for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after a number of ladies got here ahead to accuse him of sexual harassment

‘Like Trump, he is a most cancers on the get together,’ she mentioned.

Comstock additionally mentioned she believes it ‘speaks volumes’ that Donald Trump has remained silent on the allegations towards Gaetz, given the 2 males are shut and the congressman has publicly supported the ex-president in his personal hours of want. 

Gaetz backed the previous president throughout each impeachment trials and has been an everyday fixture at his Mar-a-Lago property – even proposing to his fiancée there in December.

The congressman additionally falsely claimed that the MAGA mob rioters that stormed the Capitol leaving 5 useless on January 6 have been Antifa.   

‘Okay, you spent your complete 4 years just about sucking up and defending Trump. And the place’s Donald Trump? The place’s Trump Jr.? The place are all these individuals who you spent all of your time [with], as an alternative of your constituents?’ Comstock mentioned. 

‘They don’t seem to be there for you. I feel that speaks volumes.’ 

Denver Riggleman, who served because the US Consultant for Virginia’s fifth congressional district from 2018 to 2020, additionally hit out at Gaetz accusing him of throwing his assist behind the ‘loopy caucus’ to get consideration and feed his ego.

He’s ‘actually supporting the loopy caucus in a method that will get you extra clicks,’ he mentioned. 

‘You see individuals who get drunk on their very own bathwater. They drink it and drink it, till they can not take anymore.’

Former Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose time on Capitol Hill overlapped with Gaetz for two years, told Insider Gaetz was a 'cancer' for the Republican party and that she would be glad to see the back of him

Former Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose time on Capitol Hill overlapped with Gaetz for 2 years, instructed Insider Gaetz was a ‘most cancers’ for the Republican get together and that she can be glad to see the again of him

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (left) hit out at Gaetz accusing him of throwing his support behind the 'crazy caucus' to get 'more clicks'

Mac Stipanovich, a long-time Republican strategist and lobbyist who now has no party affiliation, said Gaetz is not well-liked even within his own party

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (left) hit out at Gaetz accusing him of throwing his assist behind the ‘loopy caucus’ to get ‘extra clicks’. Mac Stipanovich (proper), a long-time Republican strategist and lobbyist, mentioned Gaetz isn’t well-liked even inside his personal get together

Mac Stipanovich, a long-time Republican strategist and lobbyist who now has no get together affiliation, mentioned Gaetz isn’t well-liked even inside his personal get together.  

‘He’s a slasher, and that doesn’t endear you to individuals, even individuals in your aspect,’ he mentioned.

Even a few of Gaetz’s allies ‘most likely do not embrace his good well being of their prayers each evening,’ mentioned Stipanovich, who has been fishing with the congressman earlier than.  

One different unnamed ex-GOP member merely replied that they now not work in Florida politics. 

Publicly, simply two of 211 congressional Republicans have mentioned they stand by Gaetz.

They’re Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan, each of whom have been stricken by their very own scandals.  

Greene is the QAnon-supporting freshman Georgia lawmaker who was stripped of her committee assignments in February because it emerged she had pushed unfounded conspiracy theories and confirmed assist for executing high Democrats earlier than being elected to Congress.  

‘Bear in mind all of the conspiracy theories and lies like Trump/Russia collusion and propaganda that the media has unfold round. Take it from me rumors and headlines don’t equal fact. I stand with @mattgaetz,’ tweeted Greene this week.

Trump has remained silent on the allegations despite the two men being close allies, Gaetz publicly supporting him in his impeachment trials and Gaetz getting engaged at Mar-a-Lago in December. Pictured Trump and Gaetz

Trump has remained silent on the allegations regardless of the 2 males being shut allies, Gaetz publicly supporting him in his impeachment trials and Gaetz getting engaged at Mar-a-Lago in December. Pictured Trump and Gaetz

In one other tweet she known as for the discharge of FBI tapes Gaetz has claimed show the extortion plot.

‘The DOJ must launch the tapes as an alternative of permitting one other witch hunt to happen,’ she wrote. 

In the meantime Jordan, who can also be a Trump loyalist, was accused in 2018 of overlaying up sexual abuse by a crew physician at Ohio State College when he was a coach on the faculty from 1986 to 1994. Jordan has denied the allegations. 

Jordan instructed CNN this week: ‘I imagine Matt Gaetz.’

Amid the echo chamber from the Republican get together and Trump, Gaetz’s place on Capitol Hill was dealt one other blow Friday as an in depth aide jumped ship.  

Communication director Luke Ball give up out of ‘precept’ amid the escalating flood of allegations towards Gaetz.  

Gaetz’s congressional workplace mentioned in an announcement: ‘The Workplace of Congressman Matt Gaetz and Luke Ball have agreed that it could be greatest to half methods. 

‘We thank him for his time in our workplace, and we want him the most effective transferring ahead.’   

A number of sources instructed NBC this week that Gaetz isn’t well-liked due to his criticism of fellow Republicans. 

Gaetz railed towards GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on the Wyoming capitol again in January after she voted to question Trump.   

Publicly, just two of 211 congressional Republicans have said they stand by Gaetz. They are Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan (above), both of whom have been plagued by their own scandals

Publicly, simply two of 211 congressional Republicans have mentioned they stand by Gaetz. They’re Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan (above), each of whom have been stricken by their very own scandals

Greene (center) is the QAnon-supporting freshman Georgia lawmaker who was stripped of her committee assignments in February as it emerged she had pushed unfounded conspiracy theories and showed support for executing top Democrats before being elected to Congress

Greene (heart) is the QAnon-supporting freshman Georgia lawmaker who was stripped of her committee assignments in February because it emerged she had pushed unfounded conspiracy theories and confirmed assist for executing high Democrats earlier than being elected to Congress

In the meantime, his fixed self-promotion and near-daily appearances on right-wing information retailers, particularly Fox, are additionally one other supply of competition amongst different Republicans, sources mentioned.      

However, whereas few have leaped to his protection, GOP lawmakers have additionally not spoken out condemning the allegations both.   

McCarthy mentioned Wednesday Gaetz can be faraway from his committee assignments if he is discovered to be responsible of intercourse trafficking.

‘These are critical implications. If it comes out to be true, sure, we’d take away him if that is the case,’ McCarthy instructed Fox Information.   

‘However proper now Matt Gaetz says that it is not true and we haven’t any info. So let’s get all the data.’ 

However McCarthy has confronted criticism for his lack of motion with Rep. Ted Lieu, from California‘s thirty third Congressional District, urging him to oust the congressman from his committee appointments whereas the probe is underway.  

‘Pricey @GOPLeader: You do not appear to get it. If it is true Rep Matt Gaetz engaged in intercourse trafficking, he must resign and be prosecuted,’ he tweeted.

‘Within the meantime, you’ll be able to’t have Gaetz sitting on the Congressional Committee that has oversight over the Division that’s investigating him.’

Gaetz serves on the Home Judiciary Committee – alongside Lieu – which oversees the administration of justice together with inside federal regulation enforcement businesses. 

It emerged Tuesday Gaetz is under investigation by the DOJ for having sex with a girl, 17, and sex trafficking a minor

It emerged Tuesday Gaetz is underneath investigation by the DOJ for having intercourse with a woman, 17, and intercourse trafficking a minor

Ginger Luckey and Matt Gaetz. Gaetz got engaged to food analyst Luckey, 26, in December at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago

Ginger Luckey and Matt Gaetz. Gaetz obtained engaged to meals analyst Luckey, 26, in December at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

McCarthy mentioned Wednesday Gaetz would solely be faraway from his committee assignments if he is discovered to be responsible of intercourse trafficking.       

It emerged Tuesday that Gaetz was underneath investigation by the DOJ for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old lady and for violating federal intercourse trafficking legal guidelines by paying for her to journey throughout state traces with him.  

Gaetz denied the allegations and as an alternative claimed he was the sufferer of an extortion plot involving former Justice Division official David McGee.

He claims McGee was making an attempt to extort him and his household for $25 million utilizing the intercourse trafficking probe as leverage. 

Gaetz mentioned he and his father – former Florida State Senator Don Gaetz – contacted authorities and have been working with the FBI on a simultaneous investigation, with Don backing up his son’s claims Wednesday that he wore a wire to attempt to expose McGee’s obvious plot. 

McGee denied he was extorting Gaetz and mentioned he had no involvement within the DOJ intercourse trafficking probe into Gaetz apart from being one in all ‘a thousand individuals who have heard the rumors’ concerning the congressman’s alleged actions with underage ladies.

On Wednesday, Gaetz launched bombshell textual content message screenshots, an e-mail and a printout purporting to indicate the alleged extortion plot.

The paperwork, which have been shared with the Washington Examiner, declare to indicate the congressman was being extorted by McGee and former Air Drive intelligence officer Bob Kent in a ploy to assist rescue American hostage Robert Levinson from Iran.     

In accordance with the paperwork, Gaetz had been seen in compromising images having intercourse with underage prostitutes, a grand jury had heard testimony from no less than one underage lady who says she was paid to have intercourse with him and Gaetz was about to be indicted on prices.

The alleged extorters claimed they may cease the probe if the Gaetz household put up $25million which might assist safe Levinson’s launch.

Levinson labored for the FBI for 22 years then vanished in 2007 whereas in Iran. Nothing was often called as to if he was alive or useless till 2011 when Levinson’s household shared pictures and a video of him being held captive and pleading for assist. 

Levinson’s household mentioned in March 2020 that they’d been knowledgeable by US officers that he had died in Iranian custody, whereas being held in Iran because the longest-held hostage in American historical past.

New details emerged Thursday that the DOJ probe involved Gaetz allegedly paying women for drug-fueled sex. The women met his ally Joel Greenberg through 'sugar daddy' websites such as SeekingArrangement, investigators believe

New particulars emerged Thursday that the DOJ probe concerned Gaetz allegedly paying ladies for drug-fueled intercourse. The ladies met his ally Joel Greenberg by way of ‘sugar daddy’ web sites corresponding to SeekingArrangement, investigators imagine

However Kent claimed he was very a lot alive and that if Gaetz supplied the cash to launch him, he can be given public credit score for the operation and the ‘crew’ would inform President Biden to present him a pardon within the intercourse trafficking case, in line with the paperwork shared by Gaetz. 

McGee used to work for the Division of Justice however now works in personal follow and is the Levinson household’s lawyer. Kent has claimed up to now that he has labored on plans to safe Levinson’s launch. 

Kent denied the claims Thursday telling the Occasions he had heard concerning the DOJ probe into Gaetz however was not making an attempt to extort him over it.   

McGee additionally denied any involvement in an extortion plot and Gaetz was making an attempt to detract from the intercourse trafficking allegations. 

On Thursday, contemporary allegations surfaced claiming Gaetz had proven different lawmakers bare images and movies of girls he mentioned he had slept with and boasted about his sexual conquests to his colleagues. 

Greenberg (pictured) was slapped with a string of charges last year including sex trafficking of a minor between the age of 14 and 17

Greenberg (pictured) was slapped with a string of prices final yr together with intercourse trafficking of a minor between the age of 14 and 17

A number of sources, together with two individuals who mentioned they’d been proven the compromising images first hand, instructed CNN, the 38-year-old congressman displayed the photographs of the ladies on his cellphone together with whereas he was on the Home ground on the US Capitol. 

The report sparked additional requires the lawmaker to resign from his function.    

New particulars concerning the DOJ intercourse trafficking probe surfaced in a bombshell report by the New York Occasions Thursday evening.  

The report revealed Gaetz had allegedly paid ladies by way of Apple Pay for ecstasy-fueled intercourse at Florida accommodations after being launched to them by former tax collector Joel Greenberg.  

A number of ladies reportedly instructed DOJ investigators Gaetz would inform them a time and place to satisfy and the way a lot he was keen to pay them for intercourse.

They’d then meet in accommodations in Florida the place the lawmaker and staunch Trump ally would generally take ecstasy earlier than they’d intercourse, the ladies mentioned. 

The DOJ investigation can also be reportedly wanting into whether or not one of many ladies concerned with Gaetz was 17 on the time and whether or not he paid her or gave her presents to have intercourse with him. 

Gaetz was reportedly first launched to the ladies by way of shut ally Greenberg, the previous tax collector of Seminole County who investigators imagine met the ladies by way of ‘sugar daddy’ web sites. 

Former DOJ official David McGee (above)

Robert Levinson (above), who was captured 14 years ago in Iran

Gaetz has claimed he’s the sufferer – of an extortion plot – involving former DOJ official David McGee (left) to assist rescue American hostage Robert Levinson (proper) from Iran

Greenberg is at present in jail awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking prices associated to a minor aged between 14 and 17 throughout a six-month interval in 2017. 

Sources mentioned the minor is identical 17-year-old lady on the heart of Gaetz’s intercourse trafficking probe and the DOJ is investigating whether or not different males related to the 2 males additionally had intercourse with the kid. 

The 2 males have been pictured collectively on social media with Roger Stone, who was convicted of mendacity to Congress, in 2017. 

A supply near the DOJ probe instructed DailyMail.com Friday Gaetz is anticipated to be indicted throughout the subsequent few weeks as Greenberg is believed to have turned on him.  

Gaetz’s arrest is alleged to be imminent after the alleged sufferer, who has not been named, testified earlier than a Florida grand jury this week saying she had intercourse with the conservative Republican earlier than she turned 18, DailyMail.com has realized.      

The investigation into Gaetz first spiraled from a probe into Greenberg. 

Gaetz denies ever having paid anybody for intercourse and has not been charged with any crime. 

‘Matt Gaetz has by no means paid for intercourse. Matt Gaetz refutes all of the disgusting allegations utterly,’ his workplace instructed the Occasions in an announcement. 

‘Matt Gaetz has by no means ever been on any such web sites in anyway. Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his previous and appears ahead to marrying the love of his life.’ 



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