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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is refusing to back down against what he calls “false charges” from a federal “swamp” that wants to destroy his political career.

Gaetz addressed allegations that he was involved in illicit sex with a 17-year-old girl in an op/ed published by the Washington Examiner on Monday.

“I want to be clear about something as we process the leaks and lies from the past week. To this point, there are exactly zero credible (or even non-credible) accusers willing to come forward by name and state on the public record that I behaved improperly toward them, in the manner by which Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ten accusers,” he wrote.

Although Gaetz claimed he is “not a monk” and has certainly engaged in sexual relations with able-bodied adult women, he maintains that every encounter has been consensual and never with a minor.

“My personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime. Consensual adult relationships are not illegal. Although I’m sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me, I will not be intimidated or extorted. The battle for America’s future demands gladiators, and I am going to keep getting back up and fighting, every single day,” he wrote.

“The Biden Justice Department would rather investigate me for adult, consensual sex than Hunter Biden for his shady business dealings, than others for illegal leaks, or a former Justice Department official for the evident extortion of a congressman. Go figure,” Gaetz added. Read more…