Gaetz Names Ex-DOJ Official He Claims Tried To Extort Millions, Promised Biden Pardon
Matt Gaetz
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made serious allegations against a former DOJ official during a Fox News interview on Tuesday night. He was invited to come on the network to tell his side of the story after news broke this afternoon that he is allegedly under criminal investigation over accusations of a sexual relationship with a minor.

Gaetz claims that David McGee, a former DOJ official, was involved in an “extortion scheme” against him and his family.

“I know that there was a demand for money in exchange for a commitment that he could make this investigation go away along with his co-conspirators,” Gaetz claimed. “They even claimed to have specific connections inside the Biden White House. Now I don’t know if that’s true, they were promising that Joe Biden would pardon me, obviously I don’t need a pardon, I’m not seeking a pardon, I have not done anything improper or wrong, but what I am troubled by is the real motivation for all of this.”

Video of Tucker Carlson’s full interview with Gaetz and a full transcript of the interview are available below.


The segment came in response to a report in The New York Times that alleged that federal investigators are probing whether Gaetz “had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him.” The report said that the investigation was centered around whether “Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws.”

The report said that the investigation was opened up during the Trump administration and that it was “part of a broader investigation into a political ally of his, a local official in Florida named Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on an array of charges, including sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people in exchange for sex, at least one of whom was an underage girl.”


REP. MATT GAETZ (R-FL): It is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case. What is happening is an extortion of me and my family involving a former department of justice official. On March 16, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away. Our family was so troubled by that we went to the local FBI and the FBI and the Department of Justice were so concerned about this attempted extortion of a member of Congress that they asked my dad to wear a wire, which he did with the former Department of Justice official. Tonight, I am demanding that the Department of Justice and the FBI release the audio recordings that were made under their supervision and at their direction which will prove my innocence and that will show that these allegations aren’t true, they’re merely intended to try to bleed my family out of money. And this former Department of Justice official tomorrow was supposed to be contacted by my father so that specific instructions could be given regarding the wiring of $4.5 million as a down payment on this bribe. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that tonight somehow The New York Times is leaking this information, smearing me, and ruining the investigation that would likely result in a one of the former colleagues of the current DOJ being brought to justice for trying to extort me and my family.

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: So, a couple of obvious questions that come to mind and again just to restate, this just happened, don’t have any other information beyond what we’ve already said and what you have said. Who, first of all, who is this Department of Justice former employee who’s trying to extort the money from you, you say?

GAETZ: His David McGee. He was a top official in the leadership in the Northern District of Florida as a prosecutor. He currently works at the Beggs & Lane law firm. As a matter of fact, one of the recordings that was made at the FBI and Department of Justice request, occurred at that law firm and the money that was supposed to be paid today that would have shown even more evidence of David McGee’s work in this extortion scheme that was foiled by The New York Times story, and I believe that’s why this this horrible information and these terrible allegations have been used this evening.

CARLSON: So, you’re and I’ll get to the investigation in just a sec, but you’re saying that David McGee was motivated by greed, he was trying to extort money from your family, that’s his motivation, you’re saying?

GAETZ: I know that there was a demand for money in exchange for a commitment that he could make this investigation go away along with his co-conspirators. They even claimed to have specific connections inside the Biden White House. Now I don’t know if that’s true, they were promising that Joe Biden would pardon me, obviously I don’t need a pardon, I’m not seeking a pardon, I have not done anything improper or wrong, but what I am troubled by is the real motivation for all of this. You know, just tonight Ted Lieu, a Democrat, is calling on me to be removed from the House Judiciary Committee and I believe we are in an era of our politics now Tucker where people are smeared to try to take them out of the conversation. I’m not the only person on screen right now who has been falsely accused of a terrible sex act. You were accused of something that you did not do and so you know what this feels like, you know the pain it can bring to your family and you know how it just puts people on defense when you’re accused of something so salacious and awful, but it did not happen, it is not true and the fact that it is the basis of this attempt to extort my family tells a lot. And if the FBI and Department of Justice will release the tapes that they are in possession of, the American people will see what is really going on.

CARLSON: You just referred to a mentally ill viewer who accused me of a sex crime 20-years-ago and it of course it was not true, I’d never met the person. But I do agree with you that being accused falsely is one of the worst things that can happen and you do see it a lot. Let’s go back to the investigation, you say that it was or is underway, there was an investigation. What is the basis of that investigation? What is the allegation? That’s not really clear from these news stories.

GAETZ: Yeah again I only know what I’ve read in The New York Times, I can say that actually you and I went to dinner about two years ago. Your wife was there and 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. And so I do believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to smear me, you know, providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you’re dating who are of legal age is not a crime. And I’m just troubled that the lack of any sort of legitimate investigation into me, would then permute would then convert into this extortion attempt.

CARLSON: I don’t remember that the woman you’re speaking of or the context at all, honestly, but I would like to know who so they’re saying there is a 17-year-old girl who you had a relationship with? Is that true? And who are they? Who is this girl? What are they talking about, The New York Times?

GAETZ: The person doesn’t exist. I have not had a relationship with a 17-year-old, that is totally false. The allegation as I read it in the New York Times is that I’ve traveled with some 17-year-old in some relationship. That is false, and records will bear that out to be false.

CARLSON: How long is this investigation been going on? Do you know?

GAETZ: I don’t know.

CARLSON: When were you first informed of it?

GAETZ: You know, again, I really saw this as a deeply troubling challenge for my family on March 16, when people were, you know, talking about a minor, and that they were pictures of me with child prostitutes. That’s obviously false. There will be no such pictures because no such thing happened. But really, on March 16, was when this got going from the extortion standpoint.

CARLSON: So what what happens next? I mean, you can see there is this investigation, I guess, a criminal investigation, I’m not quite sure where the sex trafficking part comes in. I don’t again, for the fifth time, I don’t really understand the story very well. But where does it go from here? I mean, you’re, you’ve made an allegation against someone by name on the air and accused him of trying to extort millions of dollars from your family. What what happens tomorrow?

GAETZ: Well, what was supposed to happen was the transfer of this money that would have implicated the former colleague of these current DOJ officials, but that’s obviously not going to happen tomorrow, because The New York Times story was leaked in order to quell that investigative effort. So here’s what needs to happen next, the FBI and the Department of Justice must release the tapes that are in their possession that were done at their direction, those tapes will show that I am innocent, and that the whole concept of sex charges against me was really just a way to try to bleed my family out of money and probably smear my name because I am a well known, outspoken conservative. And I guess that’s out of style in a lot of parts of the country right now.

CARLSON: Matt gates, I appreciate your coming on tonight. So

GAETZ: Thanks for giving me the chance to tell the truth, I appreciate it.

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