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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said Tuesday he is a subject in a federal sex trafficking investigation, though he denies any wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a $25 million extortion plot.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz, a Republican, had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

According to the Times, which cited three people familiar with the matter, the Justice Department opened the investigation at the end of the Trump administration.

Gaetz responded to the allegations through comment to the Times, Axios and a statement on Twitter.

In statements to the Times, Gaetz said he was the subject of an investigation. To Axios, Gaetz denied all wrongdoing and claimed he was being extorted by a former official at the Justice Department. Read more…