(USA Features) Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has been dogged recently by allegations of sex trafficking, said in an interview Wednesday that he believes the Justice Department has been politicized to go after “fighters” who are aligned with former President Donald Trump.
“Of course, there are a ton of things in my life looking back that I wish I would have done differently, but none of them are criminal,” the Florida Republican, who has been accused of, among other things, having sex with a 17-year-old girl, told Newsmax TV’s Grant Stinchfield.
Gaetz has vehemently denied that allegation and said they are in reference to someone who “does not exist.”
“These allegations are false, and as I’ve stated before, the anonymous allegations against me range from total distortions of my life to these crazy and wild conspiracy theories that will never be proven, but they always come for the fighters,” said Gaetz.
“Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Matt Gaetz – it’s never the meek that they come for. It’s always those who are fighting hard for the America First agenda. And I’ve got a lot of fight left in me,” he added.
Gaetz went on to say that there have been no women come forward to allege any wrongdoing, nor has the FBI and Justice Department lodged any formal charges. He also pointed out that there has not been any leaked evidence of criminality, in spite of a lengthy investigation.
He added that despite efforts to tar conservatives and Trump supporters in general, his record is clean.
“None of this constitutes a crime,” Gaetz said of his actions. “What you see from the government, I think, is really a politicization of the Department of Justice, and really that started under Barack Obama and Eric Holder, and then it continued over.”
“I think there’s a lot of swamp left to be drained at the Department of Justice,” Gaetz added. “I don’t think that should be a place where we exact our politics. And I’m confident that in the end, the truth will prevail.”
Gaetz noted further that he isn’t hiding and in fact, he’s set to launch an ‘America First’ agenda tour with another target of leftist “venom,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., which will begin Friday in The Villages, Florida’s largest senior community.
“I think we need to get America rallying again,” Gaetz said. “The America First movement isn’t going anywhere. In fact, we’re going on tour.”
“Hey, I come from a tough district; I’m a tough guy, and this is a tough movement,” he concluded. “It’s a movement for winners, and I hope to see everybody in The Villages on Friday.”