Well, it doesn’t look like he just made it up. That’s for sure.
Rep. Matt Gaetz’s father, Don, a former Florida Senate president, said he is working with the FBI, including wearing a wire on more than one occasion as part of an investigation into an alleged extortion plot that the pair said was organized by former federal prosecutor David McGee.
“The FBI asked me to try and get that information for Matt and an indication we would transfer money to Mr. David McGee,” Don Gaetz said in an interview late Tuesday, without specifying what information he was referring to.
McGee, who is now in private practice with a Pensacola, Fla.-based law firm, did not respond to a POLITICO request seeking comment, but told other media outlets there is no truth to the alleged extortion plot.
Don Gaetz said in the interview he wore a wire during a meeting earlier this month with McGee and said he was set to meet Wednesday with Stephen Alford, a local developer who he said is also part of the alleged extortion scheme. During that meeting, Don Gaetz said, he was again set to wear a wire and try to get Alford to talk about payments he allegedly was to make to McGee, but the meeting fell apart when news broke that his son was being investigated by the Justice Department. Alford did not respond to text messages seeking comment.
The “local developer” part seems to indicate an explanation for my question as to how the money was being laundered.
It is usually through some real estate thing, which is why the mafia always owned construction companies.
In separate interviews, Don and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) acknowledged a Justice Department probe involving the younger Gaetz, 38, into whether he had improper involvement with a 17-year-old girl. The Gaetzes say they are the target of an extortion plot seeking money to keep the DOJ investigation quiet.
The allegations dropped as the younger Gaetz’s profile has been rising. The Donald Trump devotee rode the former president’s coattails into prominence and frequent conservative media appearances during Trump’s presidency after having been elected to Congress in 2016. While his name is frequently on lists for higher office, Axios reported this week that Gaetz has considered leaving Congress to take a job at conservative news outlet Newsmax.
Matt Gaetz denied any involvement with the teen.
Attorney General William Barr, who is the villain of every story of the last two years, was also involved in this dastardly plot.
Then-U.S. Attorney General William Barr was briefed on the Gaetz probe and did not take issue with it, a source familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
Barr and the Office of the Attorney General received multiple briefings on the Gaetz probe, beginning in the summer of 2020, a second person familiar with the probe said. They encouraged Florida prosecutors to move as quickly as they needed to and take whatever steps were appropriate. The briefings were consistent with Barr’s memo requiring notification to department leadership on probes of candidates. The briefing was important because — among other reasons — Barr didn’t want to accidentally appear anywhere with Gaetz, the person said. At one point, Barr was scheduled for a meet-and-greet with Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. But DOJ canceled his appearance at the event when they saw that Gaetz, a member of that committee, had RSVP’d for it.
There are a whole lot of Jews involved in the story, including the Jew tax collector from the initial New York Times report, Joel Greenberg.
Everyone’s lawyer is also Jewish, and most of the government officials are.
But the Irishman McGee was pulling all the strings, leading many to believe that the Irish have been behind the Jews all along.
Don Gaetz said he asked his attorney, Jeffrey Neiman, to keep in contact with David Goldberg, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, so there was evidence he was working with the feds. Neiman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Through spokesperson Andrea Clark, Goldberg declined to comment, citing office policy.
“I said to the FBI ‘I’m willing to wear a wire and be cooperative,’ but I was asked to say things that are not true to draw out an admission,” Don Gaetz said in the interview. “I wanted there to be an understanding committed in writing that I’m working for the FBI and at their request, not operating on my own.”
From most of his 10 years in the Florida Senate, Don Gaetz was the chamber’s richest member. His wealth comes from having a pioneering role in the hospice industry.
In March 25 emails between Neiman and Goldberg that Matt Gaetz shared with POLITICO, Don Gaetz’s cooperation was discussed and confirmed.
“I can confirm that your client is working with my office as well as the FBI at the government’s request in order to determine if a federal crime has been committed,” read an email from Goldberg to Neiman. “This has been discussed with, and approved by, the FBI as well as leadership in my office and components of main justice.”
“The government thanks you for working cooperatively with the FBI,” the email concludes.
I continue to believe my original assertion: McGee somehow got wind of the investigation, knew Gaetz’ dad was rich, and moved in.
The problem that Gaetz has, which I think was very apparent to everyone on his Tucker Carlson interview, is that proving the extortion doesn’t really do anything to disprove the jailbait accusation.
That said, if he is able to prove that someone in the DOJ was working with McGee in the extortion scheme – and he must have had some connection, just even to know about the jailbait probe – it will probably make it hard for the DOJ to continue pressing him, as the whole thing will just appear totally corrupt.
However, I don’t really know if that matters or not.
The DOJ might just say “yeah that guy was doing extortion but we told him to stop – the real problem is you paying for a plane ticket for this teen slut, which is actually prostitution somehow.”
It seems to me that if they had a girl, however, they would present her now to take the focus off of what appears to be plot involving current DOJ officials to extort Matt Gaetz’ dad for $25 million. If they don’t actually have a girl willing to testify, then it’s basically a rumor.