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‘The truth will prevail’: Matt Gaetz takes a break from the scandal to speak at the Trump club | Republicans


Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz insisted Friday that “the truth will prevail” about allegations of sex trafficking and illegal drug use that have thrown him at the center of a scandal in Congress.

Reaching out to Trumpian rhetoric at Trump National Doral Miami golf course, The Republican He said an event organized by Women for America First: “I know. The brands do not retreat, especially when the battle for the soul of our country calls. “

Women for America First helped organize a rally near the White House on January 6 in which Donald Trump told his supporters to fight to reverse their electoral defeat. A crowd attacked and stormed the United States Capitol. Five people were killed, including a police officer.

Gaetz supported Trump’s attempts to overturn the election and offered to resign from Congress and defend the former president in his subsequent impeachment trial. The offer was not accepted and Trump was acquitted.

The New York Times reported this week that in the final weeks of the Trump administration, Gaetz sought a blanket preventive pardon. It was not imminent.

Late last month, Gaetz floated out of Congress after a third term and into conservative television. That perspective seems to have receded.

Multiple reports have linked the 38-year-old man to an ally charged with a federal charge of sex trafficking and other crimes. Gaetz is reportedly under investigation for paying women for sex, for possibly trafficking a 17-year-old girl, and for sharing images of naked women with colleagues in the US House of Representatives. His ally, former tax collector Joel Greenberg, is reportedly on the verge of reaching a settlement with prosecutors.

On Friday, the House ethics committee said it was opening an investigation. In a statement, the committee said it was aware of allegations that Gaetz may have engaged in “sexual misconduct and / or use of illicit drugs, sharing inappropriate images or videos on the floor of the House, misuse of records of state identification, conversion of campaign funds for personal use and / or accepted a bribe, improper tip or inadmissible gift, in violation of house rules, laws or other rules of conduct. “

Gaetz denies all the allegations and has claimed that he is the victim of an extortion attempt. He has hired attorneys who have defended Trump and Eric Schneiderman, a New York state attorney general who resigned amid allegations of violence against women.

Speaking to a small crowd on Friday, Gaetz said: “Big government, big technology, big business, big media – everyone would breathe a sigh of relief if I was no longer in Congress fighting for you.”

That was the Republican repeat, but most Republicans, including Trump, have been silent on the matter. Gaetz has attacked Republicans who do not support Trump. On Thursday, Adam Kinzinger, a representative from Illinois who voted to impeach the former president, called for Gaetz’s resignation.

In Florida, Gaetz said that the media “are lying about me because I am telling the truth about them and I am not going to stop. So when you see the leaks and the lies and the falsehoods and the smears, when you see the anonymous sources and insiders predicting my demise, you should know this. They don’t really come for me. They come for you. I’m just on the road. “

He also said that he would not “be intimidated by lying means … The truth will prevail.”

The New York Times saying: “Several officials and former congressional officials have described … occasions when Mr. Gaetz smelled marijuana on the floor of the House or shared videos and images of women with whom he claimed to have sexual relations.”


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