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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz released a statement from the “women” of his office defending him amid an escalating sex scandal, but no women were named and no one signed the statement.
The statement was titled “The Women of the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz” and said: “After the shocking allegations last week in the press, we, the women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, feel morally obligated to speak out.”
It went on to say: “During Congressman Gaetz’s time in office, we have been behind the scenes every step of the way. We have staffed his meetings. We have planned his events. We have traveled with him. And we have tracked his schedule. On every occasion he has treated each and every one of us with respect. Thus, we uniformly reject these allegations as false.”
Gaetz’s office told Insider that his entire staff supported the statement, including “all 8 women staffers.”
As first reported by the New York Times, the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and violated federal sex-trafficking laws. The Florida Republican has not been charged in connection with the investigation, and has fervently denied the allegations against him.
Beyond the sex-trafficking investigation, CNN also reported that Gaetz showed colleagues nude photos of women he said he’d slept with and bragged about his sexual exploits.
Charles Davis contributed reporting.
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