Who is David McGee?
David McGee is a Florida attorney and former federal prosecutor who has been accused by Republican U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz of trying to extort him on the Tucker Carlson show in response to a New York Times report that said Gaetz was under investigation for a possible sex trafficking allegation.
WATCH: Rep. Matt Gaetz responds on Tucker Carlson Tonight to allegations of sexual misconduct:
He says a former DOJ official named David McGee is trying to extort is family for money
He says that the FBI and DOJ have audio recordings that will prove his innocence. pic.twitter.com/J95AEFtxsr
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 31, 2021
McGee is denying extortion accusations leveled by a sitting congressman.
It’s believed that the Gaetz allegations stem from the federal prosecution of a former Seminole County tax collector named Joel Greenberg who is fighting multiple charges against him. Gaetz’s bombshell claim against McGee came in the wake of the Times report.
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Gaetz also lobbed the extortion claims on Twitter. He wrote, “Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name. We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter…and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals.”
“The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation. No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets……of the ongoing extortion investigation. I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction…”
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“Congressman Matt Gaetz made an allegation on The Tucker Carlson show last night that David L. McGee, a partner in the firm of Beggs & Lane, had attempted to extort money from Gaetz and his family in exchange for McGee making the investigation against Congressman Gaetz ‘go away.’
The allegation by the Congressman is both false and defamatory,” McGee’s law firm said in a statement, according to WENY. “While he was with the DOJ he would never have entertained a scheme such as what Congressman Gaetz suggests nor would he today.”
The supposed DOJ official extorting Matt Gaetz was David McGee, a career guy in DOJ who served as a 1st AUSA. Not someone in a position to extort. He says, “This is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that Gaetz is apparently about to indicted for sex trafficking girls.”
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) March 31, 2021
“Unsubstantiated allegations do not change that fact.”
David McGee Biography
According to his law firm bio, McGee has a B.S. in Engineering Science (1970) from Florida State University. He obtained a J.D., with honors (1976), from the same university. He was admitted to the Florida bar in 1976. He lists the following under bar memberships.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida – 1978
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama – 2004
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida – 2000
5th Circuit Court of Appeals – 1981
11th Circuit Court of Appeals – 1981
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals – 2006
David McGee Wikipedia
McGee spent years as a federal prosecutor, including working on the organized crime task force for the U.S. Department of Justice.
McGee is an attorney at the law firm of Beggs & Lane. Its website says,
The bio continues that McGee “has extensive experience in complex litigation both in the civil and criminal arena and in courts throughout the United States. His litigation experience includes complex health care billing cases, large construction projects, environmental enforcement, tax cases.