Politics Alleged sex trafficking victim may be cooperating with feds in Matt Gaetz investigation, ex-girlfriend says
Matt Gaetz is using sex-trafficking allegations to raise money, asking for donations to 'fight back against the fake news'
It was reported last week that the DOJ was investigating whether Rep. Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel.Last week, The New York Times reported that the GOP representative was under investigation for possibly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her travel, which could be a violation fo sex-trafficking laws.
Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) former girlfriend has expressed fears that a woman who is allegedly a sex-trafficking victim of the Florida lawmaker recorded a call with her, raising the prospect that a second cooperating witness is working with prosecutors in their investigation of the matter.
The lawmaker is accused of traveling with the woman over state lines for sex when she was 17 years old in violation of sex trafficking laws.
Gaetz's former girlfriend raised the concerns with two of her friends, who then relayed them to. She told her associates the alleged victim and another person recorded a call in which they discussed Gaetz, seemingly in an attempt to incriminate the Florida lawmaker.
Joel Greenberg, indicted tax collector tied to Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, working on plea deal
"I'm sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today," said Fritz Scheller, attorney for Joel Greenberg.Prosecutors and a defense attorney told a judge in federal court in Orlando on Thursday they are working on a plea deal with Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector, multiple media outlets reported.
The three participants of the call were all on a September 2018 trip to the Bahamas with Gaetz and two other Florida politicians. The trip is under investigation on suspicion that some of the women there engaged in prostitution.
The report comes days after it was revealed that Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector indicted in the Justice Department's investigation into possible sex crimes that also includes Gaetz,.
Greenberg has told investigators that he and Gaetz encountered multiple women who were given monetary payments or gifts in exchange for sex.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing amid a slew of allegations, including the sex trafficking claim and that he's made payments in exchange for sex, taken mood-altering illicit drugs and showed lawmakers nude photos of women with whom he's had sexual relations.
Gaetz has faced increasing calls to resign over the allegations, though he has repeatedly vowed not to step down and Republicans have said they would wait to see if any charges are filed before leveling any punishment against him.
Steve Scalise Affirms Matt Gaetz Will Be Removed From Committees if DOJ Files Charges .
Rep. Steve Scalise pointed to a historic precedent and affirmed that Rep. Matt Gaetz will be removed from his House committees if the DOJ files charges against him.Scalise added that historically, lawmakers who faced charges have been removed from their committee assignments immediately as a precedent. This echoed the House GOP's internal rules that lawmakers indicted for felonies and sentenced to at least two years in prison must resign from their committees, according to the Associated Press.