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Gaetz says he won't resign

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) Gaetz Ex-Rep. Katie Hill: 'Gross' for Gaetz to invoke my name House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations House Ethics Committee opens probe into Gaetz MORE (R-Fla.) told The Hill on Friday he has no plans of stepping down after coming under fire following reports that the Department of Justice is investigating him for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor and a possible violation of sex trafficking laws.

In a text exchange with The Hill, the Florida Republican said rumors he plans to resign from his office are "false" and it is "very safe" to say he doesn't have any intention to do so.

The New York Times first reported the investigation was taking place on Tuesday evening, with a second report emerging Thursday detailing accusations that he and a former Florida county tax collector, Joel Greenberg, paid multiple women who were recruited for sex online.

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Gaetz — one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE’s most vocal allies in Congress  — has vehemently denied he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, stating during an interview with Fox News’s Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonAnti-Defamation League calls for Tucker Carlson to be fired Arkansas governor quietly bucking GOP's dive into culture wars GOP governor clashes with Tucker Carlson over veto of bill to block trans youth health care MORE that he is being accused of having relations with a teenager that “does not exist."

The Florida Republican alleged that he and his family are targets in an extortion scheme from a former DOJ official seeking millions of dollars to make the accusations disappear.

The DOJ official has repeatedly denied that he has attempted to extort the congressman or members of his family.

“The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman, and that is verifiably false,” Gaetz told Carlson on Tuesday.

“People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case,” he added. “What is happening is an extortion of me and my family involving a former Department of Justice official.”

Gaetz's communication director, Luke Ball, stepped down from his position on Friday in the wake of the reports.