BREAKING: Gaetz says “My family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name”

Moments ago, Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted:

 

Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name.

We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter…

…and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals. The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation.

No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation.

I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations.

The NY Times reported earlier in the day Gaetz is under investigation by the DOJ for a for a sexual relationship he allegedly had with a 17-year-old girl.

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