Source: Nworeport

A Florida developer is being hit with federal charges for allegedly being involved in a $25 million extortion case against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced on Tuesday that a federal grand jury has indicted 62-year-old Stephen Alford for wire fraud and attempting to prevent the seizure of an electronic device. Alford had previously been convicted of federal fraud charges in a different case.

An unsealed indictment alleges that Alford participated in “Project Homecoming,” in which Alford told a man believed to be Gaetz or his father, former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, that he could secure a pardon for $25 million. The money was meant to be used to retrieve former FBI agent Robert Levinson from Iran where he has been missing since 2007.

Gaetz referenced the case in a tweet explaining that he has now been vindicated:

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is refusing to back down against what he calls “false charges” from a federal “swamp” that wants to destroy his political career.

Gaetz addressed allegations that he was involved in illicit sex with a 17-year-old girl in an op/ed published by the Washington Examiner on Monday.

“I want to be clear about something as we process the leaks and lies from the past week. To this point, there are exactly zero credible (or even non-credible) accusers willing to come forward by name and state on the public record that I behaved improperly toward them, in the manner by which Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ten accusers,” he wrote.

Although Gaetz claimed he is “not a monk” and has certainly engaged in sexual relations with able-bodied adult women, he maintains that every encounter has been consensual and never with a minor. 

“My personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime. Consensual adult relationships are not illegal. Although I’m sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me, I will not be intimidated or extorted. The battle for America’s future demands gladiators, and I am going to keep getting back up and fighting, every single day,” he wrote.

“The Biden Justice Department would rather investigate me for adult, consensual sex than Hunter Biden for his shady business dealings, than others for illegal leaks, or a former Justice Department official for the evident extortion of a congressman. Go figure,” Gaetz added.”

Gaetz has shown America First lawmakers how to withstand character assassination attempts by the globalists. He will likely remain a formidable force within the GOP for many years.