Amid Sex Abuse Allegations, Rep. Gaetz Invited To Speak At Pro-Trump Event At Trump Hotel
Contested MP Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Has been invited to speak at a pro-Donald Trump summit this week at a Florida golf resort owned by the former president. Gaetz, who is under investigation for alleged sex trafficking and sexual relationships with a 17-year-old girl, said he was grateful for the opportunity to share "my vision" for America at the event.
Gaetz said he would speak at the Save America Summit Friday at Trump's Doral Resort in Miami.
The event is organized by Women for America First, known as the "Pro-Trump Dark Money" organization. The group hosted the Trump White House rally on Jan. 6, which preceded - and helped ignite - the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol.
Women for America First said Tuesday it was "an honor" to let Gaetz speak at his event.
Gaetz, the group said in a tweet, was "a fearless leader in DC".
"Few members of Congress were more willing than Matt to stand up and fight on behalf of President Trump and his America First Agenda," he added.
Gaetz thanked the group "for inviting me to share my vision for our great nation".
The New York Times reported last week that Gaetz was being investigated by the Justice Department for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying to travel across state lines.
The congressman has denied the allegations and refused to step down, insisting in an opinion piece on Monday that he was "certainly not a criminal".
"Since it's my turn under the gun, I want to address the allegations against me directly. First, I never paid for sex. And second, as a grown man, I didn't sleep with a 17-year-old," wrote Gaetz in The Washington Examiner .
As HuffPosts S.V. Dáte reported that Women for America First are charging $ 500 for general admission tickets to its event this week - an amount that does not include a hotel stay. The group also offers a "Platinum Package" and a "Diamond Package" for $ 2,000 and $ 5,000, respectively. The Diamond package promises access to VIPs like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
The event could raise "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for Trump's Doral Resort, which has had financial problems for years, noted Dáte.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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