Gaetz hires Trump defense lawyer for sex-trafficking probe

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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 02: Defense attorneys Marc Mukasey (L) and Tim Parlatore react outside military court after Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder at Naval Base San Diego July 2, 2019. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) has tapped a former Trump organization lawyer as he faces a sex-trafficking investigation. According to reports Friday, Marc Mukasey has been hired by Gaetz to represent him in the case.

The attorney is one of the lawyers representing President Trump in two separate criminal probes in New York.

CHEYENNE, WY - JANUARY 28: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) walks with his fiancee Ginger Luckey before speaking to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gaetz added his voice to a growing effort to vote Cheney out of office after she voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, WY – JANUARY 28: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) walks with his fiancee Ginger Luckey before speaking to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Gaetz’s legal battle came amid a DOJ investigation into whether he misused campaign funds to fund travel for women. The congressman has denied the claims against him and his legal team has vowed to fight against efforts to smear his name with falsehoods.

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