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‘Women’ of Gaetz’s office sign letter defending congressman



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The office of GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), who is currently embroiled in a massive sex scandal, released a statement signed by “the women” of the office defending the congressman, but it does not list any names of the purported women.

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The Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz broke federal sex trafficking laws and had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, as The New York Times first reported last week. The congressman has repeatedly denied the allegations and has not been charged in the investigation.

“After the shocking allegations last week in the press, we, the women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, feel morally obligated to speak out,” read the statement, signed by “The Women of the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz”.

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“During Congressman Gaetz’s time in office, we have been behind the scenes every step of the way,” it continued. “We have staffed his meetings. We have planned his events. We have traveled with him. And we have tracked his schedule. On every occasion he has treated each and every one of us with respect. Thus, we uniformly reject these allegations as false.”

In Gaetz’s office, the statement also said, “women are not only respected, but have been encouraged time and time again to grow, achieve more, and ultimately, know our value.”

“Congressman Gaetz will continue to lead by example and stand for the people of America who have been maligned by the liberal elite. And we will stand with him,” the statement said at its conclusion. “While we recognize the scrutiny we will face for making this decision, we take comfort in the hope that more Americans and elected officials will stand up and refuse to remain silent.”

According to Insider, Gaetz’s office told the news outlet that his whole staff backed the statement, including “all 8 women staffers.”

Last week’s revelation from The Times has also spurred more allegations against the Florida Republican, such as a CNN report which cites multiple sources claiming that Gaetz would brag about his sexual exploits to fellow lawmakers and show off to them, even on the House floor, pictures and videos of nude women he had slept with. There is no indication, however, that the behavior from this report is connected in any way to the investigation.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial



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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.



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