Blackmail. An alleged orgy with prostitutes. Accusations of sex with an underage girl. And a convoluted extortion plot involving a likely dead American hostage in Iran.
Even by Florida standards, the Matt Gaetz saga is downright bizarre — and getting weirder by the day.
Before this week, the young Florida congressman and ally of former President Donald Trump was best known, like his mentor, for his ambitious conservatism and promontory coiffure.
But this week, the Republican congressman is the subject of a daily flurry of scandalous headlines.
Most seriously, he is being investigated by the Justice Department for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl, and for paying for her to travel with him across state lines, potentially violating federal sex-trafficking laws.
Gaetz denies the allegations — but not the fact of the investigation.
On Thursday, CNN alleged that he had shown fellow lawmakers nude photos of women he said he’d slept with, including one photographed wearing only a