The New York Times reported on Tuesday night that Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-GA)—one of the most vocally far-right representatives in Congress—is under investigation by the Justice Department for sex trafficking of a minor.
The investigation began under former Attorney General Bill Barr's tenure as Attorney General during the administration of former President Donald Trump, and centers around whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17 year old and paid for her to travel out of state with them.
Gaetz claimed the allegations were the result of an extortion effort by former Justice Department official David McGee, who fervently denied the claim.
Hours later, the Congressman soon appeared on far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson's primetime broadcast where he continued to deny the premise of the investigation, but what followed was bizarre—even attempting to draw comparisons between him and Carlson.
Here are some clips.
Carlson offered a summation after the interview ended.
"You just saw our Matt Gaetz interview. That was one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted. ... I don't think that clarified much, but it certainly showed this is a deeply interesting story and we'll be following it. Don't quite understand it, but we'll bring you more when we find out."
Carlson isn't without his shortage of critics, but in this instance, people agreed that it certainly was one of his "weirdest interviews."
This is the weirdest episode of Black Mirror, EVER... https://t.co/XJ64qjhi81— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷) 1617154700.0
There is finally a Tucker clip I have no disagreement with. So weird. https://t.co/w9l4JolscI— Crystal P. (@Crystal P.) 1617156340.0
Every once in a while, the truth spills out. https://t.co/vIG1iXyZWx— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq.) 1617153161.0
Some thought it spoke volumes that Carlson refrained from supporting Gaetz's version of events—and others even surmised that Carlson was ready to throw him under the bus.
when your damage control effort fails to persuade even the sympathetic partisan host https://t.co/4c9MyMRJiB— Allahpundit (@Allahpundit) 1617152132.0
that is not Tucker Carlson standing in solidarity with Matt Gaetz there. https://t.co/dSzB9NFMcp— Noah Berlatsky (@Noah Berlatsky) 1617152747.0
“We immediately contacted Gaetz and asked him on the show to tell us more. Which as you saw, he did. I don’t think… https://t.co/Hwr0yY1z0S— feminist next door (@feminist next door) 1617157980.0
All you need to know about Rep. Gaetz right now...even Tucker is perplexed. He interviewed him earlier https://t.co/oLsp85VYwi— Joe St. George (@Joe St. George) 1617154813.0
You know you’re screwed when even this ass hat is like yo wtf https://t.co/n0o353yKkd— Emma Davis (@Emma Davis) 1617153790.0
Lmao, Tucker totally thinks he’s guilty. https://t.co/bunhOLXcgK— GarmonBrozia da Intersectional Skynet (@GarmonBrozia da Intersectional Skynet) 1617157404.0
News of the investigation emerged just after reports surfaced that Gaetz is considering an early retirement from Congress to take a job with Newsmax, a right wing disinformation outlet.