- Matt Gaetz called for the FBI to be defunded by Democrats in a tweet on Wednesday, and then deleted it a minute later.
- “If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI,” Gaetz tweeted.
- Gaetz appeared on Newsmax to promote a conspiracy theory that the FBI may have “animated” the January 6 storming of the Capitol.
Zoe Kalen Hill from Newsweek writes:
“If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI,” the tweet read.
Newsweek has reached out to Rep. Gaetz’s team for comment but did not hear back by publication time. It is unclear why Gaetz deleted the tweet a minute after posting it.
The Florida congressman is currently being investigated by the FBI for allegations that he violated sex trafficking laws and allegedly paid a 17-year-old to have sex with him, The New York Times first reported back in late March. Gaetz has denied these allegations and has not been charged.
“I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors,” Gaetz said to the Republican crowd at the Ohio Political Summit in May, according to NBC News.
Joel Greenberg, a friend of the congressman, pled guilty in May to charges of sex trafficking, producing a false identification document, conspiracy, identity theft, stalking, and wire fraud. As a part of the plea agreement, Greenberg admitted to paying an underage girl for sex. He mentioned that he introduced her to other men, but did not name them, Newsweek reported in May.
“Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor,” the plea deal said…”
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