Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Former Federal Prosecutor David L. McGee, Accused by Rep. Gaetz of Extortion, Represented Robert Levinson In Kidnapping Case with Iran

 

Former federal prosecutor David McGee was accused by Rep. Matt Gaetz of extortion this evening on the Tucker Carlson Show on FOX News.

We reported moments ago on the bizarre story that started earlier in the day at The New York Times. 

The NY Times released a report claiming that Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida was being investigated for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl a couple of years ago.   Gaetz then went on Tucker’s FOX News Show where he claimed the following:

Rep. Matt Gaetz: What is happening is an extortion of me and my family involving a former Department of Justice official. On March 16th, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations of me go away. Our family was so troubled by that we went to the local FBI and the FBI and the Department of Justice were so concerned about this, that they asked my dad to wear a wire. Which he did with the former Department of Justice official. Tonight I am demanding that the Department of Justice and the FBI release the audio recordings that were made under their supervision and at their direction which will prove me innocent. These allegations are not true and they were meant to bleed my family. This former Department of Justice official tomorrow was supposed to be contacted by my father so that specific instructions could be given regarding the wiring of $4.5 million as a down payment on this bribe. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that tonight somehow The New York Times is leaking this information, smearing me and ruining the investigation.

Tucker Carlson: …First of all, who is this Department of Justice former employee who is trying to extort the money from you.

Rep. Gaetz: His name is David McGee… He currently works at the Beggs and Lane law firm.

We did some research on Mr. McGee and discovered that he received a number of commendations in 1996 but none since:

Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Service Award – U.S. Department of Justice (1996)
  • Outstanding Service Award – U.S. Marshall’s Service (1996)
  • Special Commendation from the Director of the FBI (1988)
  • Certificate of Appreciation – U.S. Secret Service (1996)
  • Certificate of Appreciation – U.S. Treasury Service (1996)

Also of note is that Mr. McGee was involved in a high-profile case in the past. 

McGee represented Iranian kidnapping victim and former Florida FBI agent Robert Levinson. The Florida Phoenix reported:

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly has ordered the Islamic Republic of Iran to pay $1.457 billion in damages to the family of former Florida FBI Agent Robert Levinson, who was kidnapped by Iranian officials in 2007 and apparently died in captivity.

He was the longest held civilian hostage in American history when his family reported his death earlier this year.

The judge’s order, signed late last week, orders the Iranian government to pay Levinson, his wife, Christine, and their seven children a total of $1.457 billion in compensatory and punitive damages as punishment for “outrageous behavior” and to deter such conduct in the future.

His kidnapping caused “immeasurable suffering’’ to Levinson and his family,’’ the judge ruled. Iran’s conduct and torture of U.S. citizens is part of a longstanding pattern and policy, he added.

Levinson was kidnapped in early 2007 on the island of Kish, a resort in the Persian Gulf near Iran while helping the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency investigate a money laundering scheme that involved the sale of Iranian oil.

He was a career law enforcement agent who retired from the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 1998 after 33 years with the two federal agencies and began working as a private investigator from his home near Fort Lauderdale. He worked internationally in many dangerous situations as a federal agent after after he opened his own private investigative business.

According to the report, the attorney representing the family was David McGee:

David L. McGee, a former federal prosecutor who worked with Levinson on a number of Florida drug smuggling cases, represented the family for more than a decade and filed the civil suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. two years ago.

Now it looks like McGee is involved in a big-ticket extortion-related case.

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