Here's what we know about Florida congressman Matt Gaetz who is reportedly under investigation over an alleged sexual relationship with a minor.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, a firebrand Florida Republican and close ally of former President Donald Trump, is under investigation over allegations that he had sex with an underage girl, according to media reports Tuesday.
The revelation that the Justice Department is investigating Gaetz for potential violations of sex trafficking laws swiftly roiled national politics. Gaetz was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her travel, The New York Times first reported.
The third-term congressman denied wrongdoing, insinuating that he and his family have been under the threat of extortion from a former Justice official.
Gaetz has not been charged and said he is cooperating with the DOJ investigation.
The allegations at the heart of the evolving controversy are the most serious charges levied at a congressman who is no stranger to political scandal. The broader story of the situation involves multiple elected officials and investigations in Florida and Washington.
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