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In Evaluation of Rep. Gaetz's alleged sexual relationship with Slight, feds looking past Florida, sources say

"I've not had a connection with a 17-year-old," Gaetz said Tuesday night.

The national research into Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz relies on allegations that the junior congressman needed a sexual relationship with one small, also is inspecting the Republican's behavior not just in Florida but out the politician's home nation also, three sources knowledgeable about the investigation tell ABC News.

"I've not had a connection with a 17-year-old. "That's untrue and documents will keep out that to be untrue."

Sources told ABC News that the analysis was going on for months and started during the Trump government. Former Attorney General Bill Barr was briefed about the investigation's progress many times, the sources stated.

1 source told ABC News that national authorities have interviewed multiple witnesses as part of the probe.

Gaetz has told confidants he's considering retiring from Congress and maybe joining the social networking outlet Newsmax, based on that an Axios report before Tuesday.

Yet within the past several months Gaetz began reaching out to prominent lawyers, according to a source. The source stated that among the lawyers Gaetz requested to represent him was Washington lawyer Bill Burck, who represented Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Don McGahn throughout the Mueller probe. Burck turned down the instance, according to a individual familiar with the choice.

About Fox News Tuesday night, Gaetz seemed to affirm the investigation once he explained he had been approached by somebody who claimed he would"make this analysis move away."

"There was a need for cash in exchange for a dedication he would make this analysis move away together with his co-conspirators," Gaetz said, differentiating the alleged extortionist as former DOJ official David McGee.

The law offices of Beggs & Lane, in which McGee is currently employed as a personal lawyer, denied those allegations in a statement Wednesday night.

"The allegation from the Congressman is equally untrue and defamatory," the announcement read. It has stayed impeccable during his 25 year tenure with all our company. While he was using the DOJ he'd not have entertained a plot like what Congressman Gaetz proposes nor would he now. Unsubstantiated allegations don't alter that truth."

1 source familiar with the issue confirmed that the FBI and Justice Department are individually exploring Gaetz's allegations that he had been the target of an extortion effort.

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