The New York Times ran a classic fake news story in which they claimed that Gaetz was taking liberties with a seventeen-year-old girl and even had her traveling around with him. As it turns out the FBI was investigating the charges and they found them to be false and the investigation culminated in the arrest of Stephen Alford, who was trying to extort $25 million dollars from the family. Alford is a former employee of the DOJ.
Rep. Matt Gaetz: What is happening is extortion of me and my family involving a former Department of Justice official. On March 16th, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations of me go away. Our family was so troubled by that we went to the local FBI and the FBI and the Department of Justice were so concerned about this, that they asked my dad to wear a wire. Which he did with the former Department of Justice official. Tonight I am demanding that the Department of Justice and the FBI release the audio recordings that were made under their supervision and at their direction which will prove my innocence. These allegations aren’t true and they were meant to bleed my family. This former Department of Justice official tomorrow was supposed to be contacted by my father so that specific instructions could be given regarding the wiring of $4.5 million as a down payment on this bribe. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that tonight somehow The New York Times is leaking this information, smearing me, and ruining the investigation.
Tucker Carlson: …First of all, who is this Department of Justice former employee who is trying to extort the money from you.
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“Over the past several weeks 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. 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 New York Times 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.” -Rep. Matt Gaetz
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused a Florida man of trying to extort $25 million dollars from Gaetz’s father. But, they went to the FBI, who outfitted the father with all kinds of spying devices, including wearing a wire before the FBI was able to arrest Stephen Alford, 62 fo fraud. Alford falsely claimed that he could get a pardon for Gaetz from former President Trump.