On Thursday, April 8, feminist staffers of Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz sent a statement supporting their boss after he dismissed allegations of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
The Justice Department is probing whether Gaetz had a sexual encounter with the teen.
According to reports from some left media news outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, Gaetz was alleged to have sent other politicians photographs and videos of naked women and discussed having sex with them.
Jillian Lane Wyant, Gaetz’s chief of staff, sent out an email with a statement defending Gaetz’s behavior, stating that they have never seen the congressman acting in an unprofessional manner and that they will continue to defend him against the accusations.
The statement is signed by “the women of the office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz.”
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“After the shocking allegations last week in the press, we, the women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, feel morally obligated to speak out. During Congressman Gaetz’s time in office, we have been behind the scenes every step of the way. We have staffed his meetings. We have planned his events. We have traveled with him. And we have tracked his schedule,” the statement reads.
“Congressman Gaetz has always been a principled and morally grounded leader. At no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect. No hint of impropriety. No ounce of untruthfulness. In our office and under Congressman Gaetz’s leadership, women are not only respected but have been encouraged time and time again to grow, achieve more, and ultimately, know our value,” they continued.
“Many of us started in entry-level positions and have been promoted to positions of leadership within the office. In our professional ecosystem, women are given every opportunity to advance and utilize our talents to help the country in the best possible way. On every occasion, he has treated each and every one of us with respect,” they added.
Earlier this week, former President Donald Trump debunked media claims that Gaetz asked him for a preemptive pardon.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” Trump wrote in a press release on Wednesday, disputing reports from The New York Times. “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”
The staffers for Gaetz said they believe the charges against him are unfounded and that they will continue to speak out in his defense.
Although Gaetz has been facing calls to resign from other lawmakers based on the allegation, he said in a text to the Washington Examiner on Friday that he will not resign.
In their statement, Gaetz’s staffers said, “we uniformly reject these allegations as false. Congressman Gaetz will continue to lead by example and stand for the people of America who the liberal elite has maligned. And we will stand with him. While we recognize the scrutiny, we will face making this decision. We take comfort in the hope that more Americans and elected officials will stand up and refuse to remain silent.”