Apr 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Top Matt Gaetz communications staffer resigns amid growing scandal

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Matt Gaetz. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) communications director Luke Ball resigned on Friday amid a growing scandal over alleged sexual misconduct, per two sources who spoke with Axios. The resignation was first reported by NBC News.

Why it matters: Gaetz is under a federal investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl. The congressman denies the allegation and says he is a victim of political extortion.

  • "The allegations against me are as searing as they are false," Gaetz told Axios' Jonathan Swan in an interview earlier this week.
  • "I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy."

Yes, but: CNN also reported on Thursday that Gaetz faces a probe into whether any campaign cash was used to pay for girls or women to travel with him.

  • Axios' Alayna Treene reported also earlier this week — before news of the investigation into Gaetz broke — that the 38-year-old representative is considering retirement from Congress in order to become a media personality.

Axios has sent a request for comment to Ball, as well as Gaetz's office.

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