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Man accused of trying to extort Max Gaetz admits he asked for cash
New York Post ^ | 4/5/21 | Tamar Lapin

Posted on 04/05/2021 8:29:40 PM PDT by CaptainK

The man accused of trying to extort $25 million from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s family admitted Monday that he asked the congressman’s dad for cash — but denied that it was a shakedown.

Bob Kent, an ex-Air Force intelligence officer, confirmed to Sirius Radio host Michael Smerconish that he approached the Florida Republican’s dad, Don Gaetz, for money last month.

The funds, Kent said, were to pay for an effort to free Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007, and is believed to be dead. Kent claimed he has video evidence that Levinson is still alive and is being held hostage.

Kent said he met Don Gaetz, a wealthy former Florida politician, at his office on March 17 — and told him his son was having “legal issues” and might want to “generate good will” by helping with the rescue effort.

“I explained that in no way am I trying to extort him and that if he decides not to help us, he’ll never hear from me again,” Kent told Smerconish.

“Matt Gaetz is in need of good publicity, and I’m in need of $25 million to save Robert Levinson,” he added.

Kent insisted that his intention wasn’t to blackmail the Gaetz family.

“I never threatened the man — matter of fact, it was the opposite: I told him if he decides not to help us he’ll never hear from me again,” Kent said, adding, “I can’t help how it sounds.”

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The most interesting aspect of this strange offer

It’s unclear how Kent and his cohorts knew that Matt Gaetz, 38, was under investigation by the Department of Justice.

1 posted on 04/05/2021 8:29:40 PM PDT by CaptainK
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To: CaptainK

He gave the bank teller a note demanding cash, but it wasn’t a robbery or anything.


2 posted on 04/05/2021 8:32:38 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: CaptainK

well alrighty then, the plot thickens.. /s


3 posted on 04/05/2021 8:32:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: CaptainK

The IC has six ways from Sunday to screw one over...


4 posted on 04/05/2021 8:33:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CaptainK

FBI, always the FBI these days.


5 posted on 04/05/2021 8:34:33 PM PDT by Jolla
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To: SpaceBar

“I didn’t tell my date she had to sleep with me. I just told her that she needed a ride back into town and I needed to release some stress.”

“I didn’t threaten to hurt the man. I just told him I needed some cash and I had a gun.”


6 posted on 04/05/2021 8:36:42 PM PDT by Bogey78O (So far so good.)
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It’s unclear how Kent and his cohorts knew that Matt Gaetz, 38, was under investigation by the Department of Justice.

DDOJ

Dirty Department Of Justice

7 posted on 04/05/2021 8:40:31 PM PDT by kiryandil (China Joe and Paycheck Hunter - the Chink in America's defenses)
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“I explained that in no way am I trying to extort him and that if he decides not to help us, he’ll never hear from me again,” Kent told Smerconish.

If the chump has to specifically deny it’s extortion, I am sure it’s probably extortion. 👎

8 posted on 04/05/2021 8:40:33 PM PDT by Mark17 (US Air Force, retired. It was a long 20 years. )
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To: Bogey78O

How about: “That’s a real nice looking family you got there. Would be a shame if something bad happened to any of them. I don’t mean anything by that. I’m just saying it would be a shame.


9 posted on 04/05/2021 8:42:17 PM PDT by Third Wheel
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To: Third Wheel

He was just asking for a charitable donation.


10 posted on 04/05/2021 8:47:13 PM PDT by CaptainK ("If life's really hard, at least its short")
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Hey Kent: If you are really trying to do what you say, Open a GoFundMe account, publish the video to convince donors, and send out letters to all the rich people asking for donations.

Don’t walk up to a guy and tell him you want him to pay it all himself, and oh, by the way, I just happen to have some dirt on your son.


11 posted on 04/05/2021 8:47:38 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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What are the odds that this guy has a friend, cousin, or girlfriend who works for the FBI or Justice Department?


12 posted on 04/05/2021 8:52:19 PM PDT by pepsionice
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Give me $25 million. I’ll give you great publicity.


13 posted on 04/05/2021 8:54:22 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: CaptainK

Max Gaetz?


14 posted on 04/05/2021 8:56:05 PM PDT by gopno1
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To: CaptainK

It sounds like both men are in trouble.


15 posted on 04/05/2021 8:56:40 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Any comment might be sarcasm, or not. It depends. Often I'm not sure either.)
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I’m sure that this can all be cleared up once the FBI releases the recordings they are in the process of loosing at this very moment.


16 posted on 04/05/2021 8:58:12 PM PDT by The MAGA-Deplorian (Democrats are lawless because Republicans are ball-less!)
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What are the odds that this guy has a friend, cousin, or girlfriend who works for the FBI or Justice Department?

You mean like a former Federal prosecutor?

Gaetz Scandal’s Mystery ‘Extortion’ Figure Was Obsessed With a Hostage

17 posted on 04/05/2021 8:59:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (Will the Younger Dryas Impact you? )
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told him his son was having “legal issues” and might want to “generate good will”

Just a coincidence that a retired Air Force Officer just happens to have DOJ inside information about Gaetz being under investigation at the time he is asking dad for $25M.

"Nice political career your son has going there. Be a shame if anything happened to him".

If he tried such a move against a democrat, the FBI would have visited his house at 0400 and frog marched him in front of CNN.

18 posted on 04/05/2021 9:00:10 PM PDT by ETCM
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To: The MAGA-Deplorian

After multiple FOIA requests and several lawsuits Judicial Watch will get those recordings ... in 2035.

Disclaimer: No criticism of Judicial Watch intended in that remark.


19 posted on 04/05/2021 9:04:48 PM PDT by TigersEye (Will the Younger Dryas Impact you? )
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I’m sorry to make this analogy, but it’s similar to Gaetz who said “I had a history of being very generous to my ex girlfriends and it sounds like somebody tried to make something untoward out of that”.

Like prostitution.

We’re living in a corrupt society where we barely know 10% of what’s going on.


20 posted on 04/05/2021 9:10:53 PM PDT by Williams (Stop Tolerating The Intolerant)
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