Sources: Rep. Matt Gaetz is being investigated for possibly paying women for sex

ABC News confirmed a report that that the Justice Department is investigating whether Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz gave cash or other items of value to multiple women recruited online to sleep with him.
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allowed to improvise. Alex, thank you. And new reports Matt Gaetz is being investigated for allegedly making payments to women in exchange for sex. He's already under investigation for possibly violating sex trafficking laws. Mary Bruce has more. Reporter: Tonight, stunning new allegations that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz paid women for sex. ABC new confirming reports that the justice department is investigating whether the congressman and a local Florida politician gave cash, or other items of value, to multiple women who were recruited online to sleep with them. "The New York Times" reporting that as recently as last year, the men allegedly told women to meet at hotels, sometimes giving them cash from the hotel's atm. And that some of the encounters reportedly involved the drug ecstasy. The inquiry is also examining whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and possibly violated sex trafficking laws. It is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. Reporter: A spokesman for the congressman telling the "Times" Gates adamantly denies what he calls the "Disgusting allegations" completely, and that he's never paid for sex. Gaetz claims he's being extorted. Sources tell us that as a member of the Florida house of representatives, female colleagues referred to him as "Creepy Gaetz" because he made them feel so uncomfortable. Once in congress, sources say, Gaetz allegedly boasted of his sexual encounters with women and would allegedly try to show colleagues photos and videos of naked women he claimed he'd slept with. One source saying he tried to show him video of a naked woman with a hula hoop. No charges have been filed against the congressman. He is facing calls to step down, though. And today, his communications director resigned. Mary, thank you.

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