Rep. Matt Gaetz faces DOJ investigation into sex trafficking allegations

Sources said the Justice Department started investigating claims about whether the Republican congressman had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
2:34 | 04/01/21

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Transcript for Rep. Matt Gaetz faces DOJ investigation into sex trafficking allegations
Now we get the latest on Matt Gaetz. He's facing an FBI investigation over allegations of a relationship with an underage girl and Republican leaders now say he could be stripped of his judiciary committee seat if charges are true. Rachel Scott has the latest. Good morning, Rachel. Reporter: George, good morning. The political future tore congressman Matt Gaetz hanging in the balance as we learn more details about the scope of the investigation, not only has it been going on months but stretches beyond Florida and multiple witnesses have already been interviewed. This morning the investigation into whether congressman Matt Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old sends shock waves through Washington. Kevin Mccarthy saying if they turn out to be true he will lose his xhm assign manies. Those are serious implications. If it is true we would remove him. But right now as Matt Gaetz said it is not true and we don't have any information so let's get all the information. Reporter: Democrats say more needs to be done. He sits on the judiciary committee which has congressional oversight of the justice department. Ted lieu tweeting, you can't have him sitting on a congressional committee with oversight over the department investigating him. That investigation has been going on for months. It started during the trump administration. Bill Barr, who was the attorney general then was briefed multiple times and this morning learning the inquiry into his conduct stretches beyond his home state of Florida and that federal authorities have already interviewed multiple witnesses. Investigators are looking to see whether Gaetz paid for travel expenses for the teen but Gaetz denies all of it. I have not had a relationship with a 17-year-old. That is totally false. Reporter: Many still scratching their heads over this now infamous moment on Fox News that left tucker Carlson confused. But actually you and I went to dinner about two years ago, I brought a friend of mine, you'll remember her and she was actually threatened by the FBI, told that if she wouldn't cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay for play scheme, that she could face trouble. I don't remember the woman you're speaking of or the context at all honestly, that ws one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted. I don't think that clarified much. Reporter: We are learning this morning that Gaetz has been reaching out to multiple attorneys seeking representation. He still claims he is the real victim here of an extortion claim by a former doj official. That person denied wrongdoing and the matter is being looked at separately. I guess we'll know soon. Thanks. Now to baseball's opening

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