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New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip


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New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip

Published on April 14, 2021 11:42 AM
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STORY BY MARC CAPUTO AND MATT DIXON

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Federal agents executed a search warrant and seized the Florida congressman’s iPhone last winter. Has the GOP abandoned Matt Gaetz?

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has not been charged, has consistently denied the two anonymous claims against him: that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid for sex. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images
MIAMI - The group took off for their Bahamas weekend getaway on three separate flights. Most of the passengers, which included at least five young women, flew out of Orlando on two separate private planes. Matt Gaetz flew commercial.

The details of that September 2018 trip are sparse, but they are critical to the allegations against Gaetz, the Florida congressman currently the subject of a federal sex crimes investigation that is threatening his career.

Gaetz, who has not been charged, has consistently denied the two anonymous claims against him: that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid for sex.

Gaetz's predicament as the subject of a serious investigation became clearer this winter when federal agents executed a search warrant and seized his iPhone, according to interviews with three people who were told of the matter by Gaetz, who changed his phone number in late December. Around that time, the sources said, federal agents also seized his former girlfriend's phone before she went into work in the morning. She declined to comment.

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