Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., that he is the victim of an extortion plot involving allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old now portend to connect it to a search for an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who went missing in Iran 14 years ago.
Ball has not yet responded to several requests for comment on the matter, but Gaetz's office issued a statement later in the day saying that "The Office of Congressman Matt Gaetz and Luke Ball have agreed that it would be best to part ways".
Thus, in a 2020 tweet, Chris Latvala, a Republican state representative who served alongside Gaetz in the Florida House, accused Gaetz of creating a game in which "members of the FL House got "points" for sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators". "We thank him for his time in our office, and we wish him the best moving forward".
Gaetz has denied any allegations of wrongdoing and claimed that he was the target of an extortion attempt folllowing a Tuesday New York Times report that said Gaetz is now the subject of a federal sex trafficking investigation involving a then-17-year-old girl.
In an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson this week, Gaetz denied any allegations of wrongdoing and claimed that he was the target of an extortion attempt. He told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that the man who led the scheme is a former Justice Department official named David McGee. Further reporting by the outlet said the investigation stemmed from a federal investigation of former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, and that there's evidence Greenberg and Gaetz provided gifts and sometimes cash for sex with women found through computer apps.
Greenberg is a former tax collector in Seminole County, Fla., who was indicted past year on a federal sex trafficking charge.
In some cases, Mr. Gaetz asked women to help find others who might be interested in having sex with him and his friends, according to two people familiar with those conversations. "Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his past and looks forward to marrying the love of his life".
"I heard specific references of Gaetz being involved and scoring points", the GOP source reportedly said, declining however to name the aforementioned woman in order "to protect her privacy."