The Florida Republican said in a statement to CNN that “no part of the allegations against me are true” and the claim is being made by those who are the target of an “ongoing extortion investigation”.
“For the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion, including a former DOJ officer who has demanded $ 25 million while threatening to smear my name. We are in this case with federal officials Cooperating with and my father is also wearing. A wire on the FBI’s instruction to apprehend these criminals, “Getz claimed.
“The leaks leaked tonight for the New York Times were intended to thwart that investigation. No part of the allegations against me are true, and those who pursue these lies are the targets of the current extortion investigation. I demand I do want the DOJ to release the tape immediately. Created on his instruction, which implicates his former colleague in crimes against me based on false accusations.
In an interview on Fox News, Getz vehemently denied the allegations and accused a former judicial prosecutor of attempting to extort her and her family about the allegations. Congress named the former prosecutor. CNN is not naming the attorney, but has reached out to them to respond to Getz’s claims.
“The person has no existence. I haven’t had a relationship with a 17-year-old. It’s completely wrong. The accusation is that as I read in the New York Times, I’ve traveled with 17-year-olds in some relationships. I am old. It is wrong and the record that one will bear to be false, “he said.
The Justice Department declined to comment. In a statement to CNN, the FBI in Jacksonville stated, “The FBI refuses to confirm the investigation or the existence or condition of the investigation. We refer to the Department of Justice for further comment regarding this report.”
The statement came after a New York Times report that three people gave information on the case that the US Department of Justice investigation is part of a broader investigation.
Federal authorities have investigated Gaetz as part of a broader investigation into trafficking allegations against another Florida politician, a person briefed CNN on the case.
The politician is Joel Greenberg, a former Central Florida county officer who was arrested last year on charges that included sexual trafficking of a minor. Greenberg pleads not guilty and is set to go on trial.
The man said that the Gettz investigation was opened in the months after the closing of the Justice Department during Trump’s time, and is the result of the Greenberg investigation. A public integrity prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Getz is overseeing the investigation, the person said.
Getz told the newspaper in an interview that his lawyers were in contact with the Justice Department.
“I only know what it has to do with women,” Getz told the Times. “I suspect that someone is trying to reiterate my generosity as something untoward to ex-girlfriends.”
Elected in 2016, Getz gained national prominence as one of Trump’s most vocal defenders in recent years.
The story has been updated with additional commentary from the FBI in Gatz and Jacksonville.