Representative Matt Gaetz, (R-FL), speaks during a hearing in the Rayburn House office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, US,, July 29, 2020. (Reuters photo)
Newsmax, an American conservative outlet favored by former President Donald Trump, has rejected a job request by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under a sex-crimes investigation.
"Newsmax has had no plans to hire Rep. Gaetz," said Brian Peterson, a spokesperson for the website on Monday.
Gaetz has denied accusations against him, including obstructing justice or having sex with a trafficked 17-year-old girl.
"Congressman Gaetz pursues justice, he doesnít obstruct it," read a statement issued by his spokesman last week. "The anonymous allegations have thus far amounted to lies, wrapped in leaks, rooted in an extortion plot by a former DOJ official. After two months, there is still not a single on-record accusation of misconduct, and now the ístoryí is changing yet again."
An attorney representing one of the people of interest to authorities in the investigation was cited by Politico as saying that the prosecutors have interviewed "numerous women" and that there were "wild sex parties involving drugs, multiple women."
"Sex trafficking of a minor involves two prongs in this case: did you have sex with [the 17-year-old] and did anything of value change hands? If the answer is yes, and if any of these other women were involved, why are they not facing charges as well?" the lawyer asked. "If the federal government wants to call a bunch of people to the state who sex-trafficked a minor in order to bust Gaetz for the same crime, itís an avenue for his defense if it gets that far."
Gaetz reportedly contacted Newsmax earlier this year around the time of becoming the subject of a federal investigation into possible sex trafficking of a minor.