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Report: Matt Gaetz investigation now involves a missing FBI agent last seen 14 years ago

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New details have emerged surrounding Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged extortion scheme that connects the investigation to an FBI agent that went missing in Iran 14 years ago.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Department of Justice was investigating whether Gaetz “had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him.”

Gaetz has denied the allegations but said he is a victim of a purported scheme that was organized by lawyer David McGee.

According to documents released by The Washington Post, Gaetz’s father, Don Gaetz, was approached by two men who offered to help his son if he gave them a large sum of money to help locate Robert A. Levinson, an American hostage in Iran who disappeared in 2007.

Bob Kent, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, told Don Gaetz that he had a plan that could make Gaetz’s “future legal and political problems go away,” and claimed that Levinson was still alive.

Gaetz’s father was instructed to deposit $25 million in a trust account of law firm Beggs & Land, bearing the name of Levinson family attorney and former federal prosecutor David McGee.

Don Gaetz was suspicious of the proposal. Fearing his family was being extorted, he contacted the FBI.

Gaetz told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that his father was instructed by the FBI and the DOJ to wear a wire.

Gaetz said if the audio recordings were released it would prove his innocence and show the allegations against him were “merely intended to try to bleed my family out of money.”

McGee told the Post that Matt Gaetz’s allegations of extortion are “completely false.”

“It’s a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that he’s under investigation for sex trafficking of minors. I have no connection with that case at all, other than, one of a thousand people who have heard the rumors,” McGee said.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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GOP Demands Answers: Jan 6 Committee, FBI Won’t Release Info on Suspected Fed Informant Ray Epps

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The mystery of Ray Epps continues to grow. Multiple videos of Epps have surfaced showing him repeatedly demanding pro-Trump rioters should enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Epps’ involvement has led many to speculate that he was an FBI plant who incited the January 6th insurrection. One video of Epps shows Trump supporters shouting “no” to his suggestion of entering the Capitol and even begin to shout that he is a “fed.”

Texas Representative Ronny Jackson tweeted Thursday, “Who’s Ray Epps? Why did he mysteriously disappear from the FBI wanted list? Why can’t we see what he said to the Cheney/Pelosi Witch Hunt committee? Was the FBI involved in any way in planning 1/6? Why won’t they answer ANY of these questions? Something is NOT right here!”

A lot of questions need to be answered in deed. Jackson’s tweet comes after Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Cruz got zero answers from Sanborn’s testimony, only causing further curiosity about Epps; just as Jackson suggests. The New York Post transcribed some of the testimony, as follows:

“A lot of Americans are concerned that the federal government deliberately encouraged illegal and violent conduct on Jan . 6 ,” Cruz (R-Texas) told Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“My question to you – – and this is not an ordinary law enforcement question, this is a question of public accountability — did federal agents or those in service of federal agent s actively encourage violent and criminal conduct on Jan. 6 ?” he asked.

 Sanborn responded by saying she couldn’t disclose “sources and methods.”

“Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a fed?” asked Cruz after stating that Epps was captured on video the night of Jan. 5, 2021 rousing people to “get into the Capitol.”

“Sir, I cannot answer that question,” replied Sanborn, who added that she was “aware of the individual,” but didn’t have “specific background” on him.

Cruz went on and stated that on Jan. 6, Epps was seen talking to rioters moments before they ripped down police barricades outside the Capitol.

 Sanborn responded that she couldn’t answer whether Epps urged them to knock down the barricades.

Cruz then noted that Epps initially appeared on a poster issued by the FBI seeking information about people connected to criminal activity on Jan. 6, but was absent from another FBI “seeking information” poster distributed July 1.

Cruz then notes,  “magically, Mr. Epps disappeared from the public posting” and “according to public records, Mr. Epps has not been charged with anything. No one’s explained why a person videoed urging people to go to the Capitol, a person whose conduct was so suspect the crowd believed he was a fed, would magically disappear from the list of people the FBI was looking at.”

Even more curious, the January 6th Committee investigating the riot has simply said claims that Epps was an informant were “unsupported.” In a statement on Twitter, the panel said “Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th of 6th or at any time, & that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”

Yet the Committee will not release interview transcripts. Yet the Committee expects the American people to just accept their vague and useless tweet? No way.

John Blischak is the attorney for Epps, and told the Epoch Times that his client is not working with, or for the FBI. But…Blischak himself is a former FBI agent. Something smells fishy.

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