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Matt Gaetz says DOJ investigating him for sexual misconduct, claims extortion plot

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The Republican says the allegations against him 'are as searing as they are false'

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Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said Tuesday that he is under investigation by the federal government for sexual misconduct, but says the allegations against him are completely false and "rooted in an extortion effort" against his family.

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Gaetz, 38, told Axios, "The allegations against me are as searing as they are false. 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."

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