马特·盖茨(Matt Gaetz)办公室中的妇女在性指控中发表匿名支持声明

“在上周新闻界震惊指控之后, 我们, 国会议员马特·盖茨(Matt Gaetz)办公室的妇女, 感到在道义上有义务大声说出来,” 声明读. The women said that amid their many hours with the Florida Republican, they had found him to be aprincipled and morally grounded leader.

No hint of impropriety. No ounce of untruthfulness,” 声明读.

盖茨, R-Fla。, is being investigated for alleged sex trafficking, 纽约时报 has reported, as well as payments to women for sex. The sex trafficking investigation stems from allegations that he paid a 17-year-old girl to fly across state lines for sexual relations.

Gaetz lost his communications director, Luke Ball, after the allegations were made public.

至今, no charges have been filed against him. Outlets have reported that the investigation originated with Gaetz’s political ally, Joel Greenberg. Greenberg is a former GOP Florida tax collector who was indicted last year and is facing a slew of charges, including sex trafficking of a child.

Sources have told Fox News and other outlets that Gaetz asked former President Trump, whom he has staunchly supported, for a preemptive pardon due to the investigation, but Trump denied it.

ORGY, UNDERAGE GIRLS, SEX GAME AND EXTORTION: INSIDE THE ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING MATT GAETZ

In our office and under Congressman Gaetz’s leadership, women are not only respected, but have been encouraged time and time again to grow, achieve more and ultimately, know our value,” the women wrote in defense of Gaetz. “On every occasion he has treated each and every one of us with respect. 从而, we uniformly reject these allegations as false.

While we recognize the scrutiny we will face for making this decision, we take comfort in the hope that more Americans and elected officials will stand up and refuse to remain silent,” 他们继续.

Gaetz has suggested an ex-Justice Department official leaked the criminal investigation to the Times because Gaetz and his family would not participate in a $ 25 million extortion plot.

TRUMP DEFENDS GAETZ, SAYS GOP REP NEVER ASKED HIM FOR PREEMPTIVE PARDON

It is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case. What is happening is an extortion of me and my family,” Gaetz recently 告诉福克斯新闻’ 塔克·卡尔森.

Since the federal sex trafficking probe involving Gaetz was made public this week, more reports have surfaced about the conservative firebrand’s conduct around women.

In Congress, Gaetz would brag about his sexual escapades to his colleagues on the House floor and allegedly showed fellow lawmakers nude photos and videos of women he had slept with, CNN reported 上个星期. One video Gaetz revealed to colleagues allegedly showed a naked woman with a hula hoop.

When Gaetz was a young state lawmaker in the Florida House of Representatives, he and fellow male lawmakers allegedly took part in a sex competition, where points were awarded for conquests such as having sex with married lawmakers and spending the night in a college sorority house, Business Insider reported last week.

The game was theworst kept secret in Tallahassee,” a GOP insider said.

福克斯新闻’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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