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Alford doesn't deny approaching the wealthy Gaetz family for money. He said he, McGee, Kent and others were attempting to work through the Gaetzes to rescue Robert Levinson, a CIA operative who disappeared in 2007 and is believed to have been kidnapped by agents of the government of Iran.What are the allegations against Matt Gaetz?
The alleged extortion plot was launched around the same time that Gaetz was named as the focus of a federal sex trafficking investigation involving a 17-year-old girl. Gaetz has denied the allegations and no charges have been filed against him.Who is Stephen Alford and why was he arrested?
© Drew Angerer/Getty Stephen Alford was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly offering to secure a presidential pardon for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in exchange for $25 million. Gaetz is pictured during news conference in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 2021.Who tried to extort $25 million from Gaetz family?
According to a version of events provided first by Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola attorney David McGee and others had attempted to extort $25 million from the Gaetz family, and Don Gaetz had worn a wire to a meeting to discuss a $5.4 million down payment and allow federal agents to gather evidence about the conspiracy.