‘I am not a monk’: Matt Gaetz writes op-ed defending himself amid sex crime allegationsavril 5, 2021
US Congressman Matt Gaetz, who has been under fire for more than a week since it was revealed he is under investigation by the FBI for potentially engaging in child sex trafficking, penned an editorial in The Washington Examiner claiming he “was not a monk” but also not a criminal.
Mr Gaetz’s piece ran on Monday.
In the op-ed, Mr Gaetz begins by attacking House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, suggesting she is a hypocrite for defending former President Bill Clinton but not defending him.
“Nancy Pelosi once defended President Bill Clinton after he got an intern to fellate him in the Oval Office. But when it comes to the allegation that I, a grown man, paid for an adult girlfriend’s expenses? Well, consider that a bridge too far for the power-hungry hypocrites,” Mr Gaetz said.
Ms Lewinsky was 22 when Mr Clinton carried on an affair with her. Mr Gaetz is being investigated for allegedly trafficking a 17-year-old for sex.
Mr Gaetz claimed in the op-ed that he has never paid for sex and that he has never, as an adult, slept with a 17-year-old.
The congressman claimed in the piece that he was being targeted for his decision to “take on the most powerful institutions in the Beltway: the establishment; the FBI; the Biden Justice Department; the Cheney political dynasty; even the Justice Department under Trump.”
He also seemed to suggest that Democrats and his other political enemies want to use the scandal to destroy his current relationship.
“It comes as no surprise that my political opponents want to sensationalize and criminalize my prior sex life just as I am getting engaged to the best person I’ve ever known,” he wrote. “It is regrettable that the battle of ideas should thus become so personal. But then again, when your ideas suck, you need to stoop this low.”