The scandal surrounding Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) just took a rather interesting turn.
Gaetz has maintained throughout that the entire thing is nothing more than an attempted shakedown of his family.
Now, the man who has been accused of trying to extort $25 million from the Gaetz family has come forward with a bit of a shocking admission.
I Did Ask for the Money
Bob Kent is a former Air Force intelligence officer who claims he is trying to help former FBI agent Robert Levinson.
Levinson is widely believed to be dead, having disappeared in Iran in 2007.
Kent, however, says he is alive and needs $25 million to help secure his release, which is where the Gaetz family comes in.
Kent swears he was only trying to do a little quid-pro-quo to help Gaetz out of this public relations nightmare.
He stated, “I explained that in no way am I trying to extort him and that if he decides not to help us, he’ll never hear from me again.
“Matt Gaetz is in need of good publicity, and I’m in need of $25 million to save Robert Levinson.”
He continued, “I never threatened the man — matter of fact, it was the opposite: I told him if he decides not to help us, he’ll never hear from me again.
“I can’t help how it sounds.”
The Washington Examiner, however, obtained documents that offer a bit of a different narrative.
In what Kent is calling “Project Homecoming,” the document presented to the Gaetz family states, “Our strategy for Congressman Gaetz to mitigate his legal, and political, troubles would be for him, or someone else, to arrange for the funds required to obtain the immediate release of Robert Levinson from captivity in Iran.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like a very cleverly worded blackmail attempt.
A former DOJ official, however, has stated that one has nothing to do with the other.
The Washington Post reported the former DOJ official stated, “It’s a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that he’s under investigation for sex trafficking of minors.”
Gaetz continues to deny the allegations that he was involved with an underage girl or that he paid for sex in any way.
Source: New York Post