In the midst of an FBI investigation, Matt Gaetz tweets “Defund The FBI,” then deletes it.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Representative Matt Gaetz called for Democrats to defund the FBI, but then quickly removed it.
The tweet read, “If Democrats want to defund the cops, they should start with the FBI.”
Rep. Gaetz’s office was contacted for comment, but no response was received by the time of publishing. Gaetz’s tweet was deleted a minute after it was posted, for reasons unknown.
Matt Gaetz tweets that the FBI should be defunded, then deletes the tweet.
After his companion pled guilty to charges of having sex with a kid and implicated “others,” the FBI is looking into Gaetz’s alleged role in child sex trafficking.
Gaetz has denied having sexual relations with a minor. https://t.co/nOl5psuxX2
23 June 2021 — michaelscherer (@michaelscherer)
The FBI is investigating the Florida congressman on charges that he broke sex trafficking laws by reportedly paying a 17-year-old to have sex with him, as The New York Times first reported in late March. Gaetz has rejected the accusations and is not facing any charges.
According to NBC News, Gaetz said to the Republican gathering at the Ohio Political Summit in May, “I’m being unfairly accused of swapping money for bad favors.”
In May, sex trafficking, generating a bogus identification document, conspiracy, identity theft, stalking, and wire fraud charges were dropped against Joel Greenberg, a congressman’s acquaintance. Greenberg admitting to paying an underage girl for sex as part of the plea deal. He mentioned that he introduced her to other men, but did not name them, This website reported in May.
“Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor,” the plea deal said.
Greenberg’s cooperation with the investigation put pressure on the probe into Gaetz’s alleged involvement. A spokesman for Gaetz, Harlan Hill, denied his involvement when Greenberg agreed to the plea agreement.
“The first indictment of Joel Greenberg alleges that he falsely accused another man of sex with a minor for his own gain. That man was apparently innocent. So is Congressman Gaetz,” Hill said.
On June 10, Gaetz accused the FBI Director Christopher Wray of “ignoring actionable intelligence” that “could have saved American lives” about COVID-19. Wray appeared before. This is a brief summary.