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‘Not a monk’: Rep. Matt Gaetz defends himself against sex charges as ex-staffer offers support

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., defended himself Monday against allegations involving sex with underage girls and trafficking as a former congressional aide stepped forward to vouch for his embattled ex-boss. The staunchly pro-Trump lawmaker used very specific phrases to deny having sex with a 17-year-old and paying for sex. But the 38-year-old also acknowledged having an active “lifestyle,” before getting engaged last year. “I am a representative in Congress, not a monk, and certainly not a criminal,” Gaetz wrote in an op-ed piece for the right-wing Washington Examiner news outlet. “My lifestyle of …

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