Matt Gaetz told former Trump White House adviser Sebastian Gorka in an interview Monday evening that he was targeted by the left-wing and media because he is an ‘effective’ conservative.
‘The things the media has said about me are lies and the truth will prevail,’ Gaetz said during a radio interview with Gorka on his America First program.
Gaetz asserts the investigation is tied to a scheme from Justice Department and State Department officials who, while on federal payroll, tried to extort his family for $25 million.
The Florida congressman returned to radio after a media hiatus following allegations of misconduct on several levels – including sexual harassment and trafficking as well as sending inappropriate images from the House floor.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (left) said Monday he is being targeted by the left and media establishment because he is an ‘effective’ conservative. Comments came in an interview with former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka (right) in his first interview in a while after multiple misconduct allegations emerged against him
Gorka said the left-wing media went after Gaetz because he is an effective voice as a conservative commentator, with which the representative agreed.
Gaetz, as he has done since the allegations emerged earlier this year, maintained his innocence and blamed a larger conspiracy against him.
There are no formal charges against the congressman and no woman has publicly accused him of wrongdoing.
Federal investigators are, however, looking into if Gaetz had sexual relations with a minor or paid for sex. The House Ethics Committee also opened a probe to ‘gather additional information’ about the accusations revealed against Gaetz.
‘There is a desire in big government, big media, big tech, to target, deplatform, and destroy those who champion the America First cause,’ Gaetz said, using the term former President Donald Trump repeats as a mantra. ‘That’s not just me saying it.’
‘Thank goodness for Project Veritas,’ he continued of the conservative investigative and activist group.
‘In the middle of CNN trying to propagandize my life, a CNN director was actually recorded by a secret camera saying the very reason that CNN is repeating these things about me over and over again is that I actually get in the way of the Democratic agenda,’ Gaetz told Gorka, a controversial figure himself.
‘I am effective in advocating the beliefs that are held by tens of millions of Americans who are patriotic and love our country and don’t think we should surrender to Washington, D.C.’s, control of every decision we make in our lives.’
Gorka served as Deputy Assistant to Trump from January 2017 until August 25, 2017.
During the interview, Gaetz also addressed an alleged extortion case against him.
‘One person who tried to extort me is a former Department of Justice official, the other one was getting paid by the State Department as recently as 2019,’ Gaetz detailed.
‘It remains somewhat of a mystery why these people with such close ties to the government were embroidering lies and leaks together to try to get my family to pay $25 million,’ he said.
Gaetz, pictured here April 9 with fiancee Ginger Luckey, has maintained his innocence and claimed allegations are the product of extortion against him and his family for $25 million
Gaetz told Gorka his team is ‘working to bring my extorters to justice.’
In the midst of all the scandal involving the congressman, who just before news broke of the misconduct announced he might get out of politics and go work for a media company, is not shying away.
On Friday, Gaetz and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, another Trump backer and far-right lawmaker, will hold a rally in The Villages in Sumter County, Florida.
It is the first event for Gaetz in what he says is him ‘taking the show on the road.’
Gaetz will hold an ‘America First’ rally with Georgia far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene at The Villages in Florida on Friday
In the wide-range interview on Monday, Gaetz also went after the United States Postal Service for spying on Amerians by tracking individuals’ social media.
‘This is classic government,’ Gaetz said of the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) launched by the law enforcement arm of USPS.
‘The post office has an internet covert operations program to spy on the social media political behavior of our fellow Americans,’ Gaetz said stunned.
‘If folks don’t think the deep state is real,’ he added, ‘this is the example that shows that even at the post office, the government is growing out of control and into our lives.’
Gaetz touted his proposed legislation that would defund iCOP, even though it is unclear how much it costs and where the money for it is coming from.
Gaetz’s bill has nine co-sponsors and claims the program is ‘not only illegal for operating outside of its stated jurisdiction, but also politically motivated in its target.’
‘The Postal Service should deliver the mail on time and on budget,’ Gaetz said of his bill. ‘They shouldn’t have a covert surveillance program to monitor social media political behavior, protected by our cherished Constitution. As the dangers of government surveillance and targeting become ever the more clear, especially to conservatives, Congress must immediately abolish this program.’
iCOP, it was revealed in a report last month, has analysts combing through social media sites in search of ‘inflammatory’ posts – especially related to planned protests – that it then shares with other government agencies.