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Florida Republican congressman investigated for sex trafficking of minors said he will not resign from his position

Matt Gaetz, representante de Florida (Reuters)
Matt Gaetz, representante de Florida (Reuters)

The Florida Democratic Party called for the resignation of the Republican congressman on Monday “immediately” Matt Gaetz, who is subject to a investigation for sex trafficking of minors. Nevertheless, the aforementioned stressed that he does not intend to go “anywhere” and that he is not “a monk” but “not a criminal” either.

“I am going to fight like a demon for my clients and for the country that I love deeply. You don’t deserve less, especially now, ”Gaetz, a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, wrote on Facebook on Monday. “Cycles of sex scandals in Washington are predictable and sex is especially potent in politics,” he added.

Since the diary The New York Times uncovered last week the investigation that weighs on Gaetz, this has stated that he is the victim of an extortion attempt and has rejected his alleged guilt of the crime of sex trafficking. “Let me remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, I am not a monk and I am certainly not a criminal,” he added.

According to the newspaper, Gaetz is being investigated by the FBI to determine if he incurred in sex trafficking for allegedly having paid trips to a 17-year-old girl with whom he allegedly had relationships in 2019. Transporting a minor from one state to another for sexual purposes is a federal crime.

Chain CNN, citing “multiple sources,” reported last week that Gaetz used to brag about their conquests and show photos of naked women to other members of Congress.

Gaetz assures that a “subject” of the investigation, not a “target”. In the United States legal system, someone whose actions fall within the scope of a criminal investigation is considered the subject of an investigation, while a target is someone on whom prosecutors have gathered evidence linking them to a crime. During the investigation, the subject can become a target.

Florida Democrats said Monday that he must resign immediately. “Although the results of the investigation on the sex trafficking of minors are not yet known, we do have enough details to know that the congressman cannot continue to be so in an appropriate way nor can he be trusted to represent the interests of his constituents in the best way.” , they affirm.

In addition, they mention that the revelations that emerged around Gaetz put “tragically” into perspective the fact that he was the only congressman to vote against the 2017 Law Against Human Trafficking.

Democrats also wondered when Republican Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, who represent the same state, will speak about it. “His silence sounds at full volume,” the Party said in a statement, in which it further stated that throughout his career Gaetz has created around him a “toxic and inappropriate work environment for women.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, affirmed last Thursday that if it is proven that this was the case, at least Gaetz should resign from the Judicial Committee and that in any case the Ethics Committee should take action on the matter.

Meanwhile, Luke Ball, communications director for the congressman’s office, left his post. The newspaper Orlando Sentinel published a statement in which Gaetz and Ball’s office simply stated that they believe that “it is best for each to go their own way.”

(With information from EFE)


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