Trump acolyte in spotlight over sex trafficking probe

Washington (AFP) – Firebrand congressman Matt Gaetz was a rising Republican star loyal to Donald Trump but now finds himself in an extraordinary imbroglio: under investigation for sex with a minor and claiming he faced blackmail over an American missing in Iran. Gaetz, a third-term congressman from Florida, has not been charged with a crime, and he has vehemently denied the various accusations against him, among them that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, as a “lie.” But the unsettling panoply of allegations — including that he may have broken federal sex trafficking laws …

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