The New York Times reported Tuesday that Matt Gaetz is the subject of an investigation about child sex trafficking investigation by the Justice Department.
Gaetz admitted that he gave a girl money, calling her an "ex-girlfriend," Axios reported.
"The allegations against me are as searing as they are false," Gaetz told Axios in a 13-minute call. "I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy."
He said that he's not being told anything about the investigation and has no details.
"The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false," Gaetz also claimed, saying a former Justice Department official was trying to extort him. "They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away."
Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former… https://t.co/KThXwrN8mn— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1617144624.0
"I was not a target but a subject of an investigation regarding sexual conduct with women," Gaetz also explained.