Rep. Gaetz issues statement on Alford arrest

With the indictment and arrest of Stephen Alford, Congressman Matt Gaetz wants to see the DOJ go after Bob Kent and David McGee.

From the office of Congressman Matt Gaetz:

Five months ago today Rep. Gaetz asserted — after baseless allegations about him — that he was the victim of an extortion attempt. One of the men involved in that attempt, Stephen Alford, was today indicted.

But Alford wasn’t acting alone, and former DOJ official David McGee as well as State Dept contractor Bob Kent must now also face justice. The release of the Alford tapes will further exculpate Rep. Gaetz and implicate those with long-standing links to the federal government.

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  1. A few quick questions:

    An indictment is not tantamount to a conviction. An indictment of someone else does not exonerate Matt Gaetz. An indictment means that a grand jury finds that “the evidence presented establishes probable cause” that a felony has been committed. These are quotes from the DoJ’s website.

    If a grand jury indicts Matt, will he support its conclusions that he committed wrongdoing as strongly as his statement asserts that Alford did?

    Allegations are not facts, but Matt’s continued silence certainly lends them credibility. Matt owes us answers as to whether there is any misconduct that underlies the alleged extortion. I find it hard to believe that people would conjure such a plot and that the Gaetz family would take it so seriously if there were no foundational misconduct or crimes. As a man in his late 30s, Matt should directly answer whether he has had sex with minors.

    As a sitting Congressman, has Matt used cocaine or other illegal drugs as some media reports have alleged?

    Has Matt used campaign funds, personal funds or other forms of influence to procure sex, drugs or obstruct investigations?

    Is Matt subject to coercion by foreign agents or others because of his alleged libertine lifestyle?

    Thousands of District I voters work for the government or private industries where they must pass random drug tests, maintain security clearances or pass an extensive background investigation. Can Matt satisfy the same standards as his constituents?

    Matt must go on record publicly and face the media to salvage his standing with us. He has become a pariah among his fellow Republicans. Matt’s absence from recent appearances by Republican leaders criticizing the Biden Administration’s handling of Afghanistan is no accident. Matt’s continued evasion and declining effectiveness in Washington lead in only one logical direction.

    If Matt cannot lead, cannot maintain the trust of the people and values he claims to represent, if his voice is no longer our voice, he needs to resign.

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