Politics Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg said in a letter that Gaetz paid for sex with a minor

04:45  30 april  2021
04:45  30 april  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women—as well as a girl who was 17 at the time. “On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida’s 1st Congressional District and myself,” Greenberg wrote in reference to the In those letters , Greenberg detailed his relationship with Gaetz . He confessed to paying young women for sex . And he claimed that he, Gaetz , and others had sex with a minor they believed to be 19 at the time. Greenberg said he learned she was underage on Sept. 4, 2017 from “an anonymous

Joel Greenberg has been accused of soliciting sex for politicians, including Matt Gaetz and getting fake IDs for women he treated like his 'sugar babies'. He's also accused of getting a contractor to hack the computers of his critics. Gaetz is accused of engaging in ' sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use', sharing lewd images on House floor and using campaign funds for personal use. Gaetz , a third-term congressman in Florida, has not been charged with a crime. He has vehemently denied the various accusations against him, among them that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

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  • Matt Gaetz's associate, Joel Greenberg, said in a letter obtained by The Daily Beast that Gaetz paid for sex with a minor.
  • Gaetz is under a federal criminal investigation over whether he broke sex trafficking laws.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz paid to have sex with a minor, his longtime associate Joel Greenberg said in a letter obtained by The Daily Beast.

"On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida's 1st Congressional District and myself," Greenberg said in the letter, referring to an individual who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged encounter with Gaetz, according to The Daily Beast. "From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App, or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman."

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Matt Gaetz , who’s under investigation for sex trafficking, addresses February’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images). When questioned by reporters outside of a courthouse following a hearing for the case, Greenberg ’s attorney, Fritz Scheller said , “I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today.” Gaetz has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. The Republican congressman is expected to speak today at a summit organized by the same group behind the “Save America” rally on January 6 that ended with the deadly storming of the

Joel Greenberg , a former Florida tax collector and close associate of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz , has been cooperating with federal investigators since last year, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Greenberg is said to have given investigators information about an "array of topics," according to the report In particular, the feds are said to be looking into whether Gaetz had sex with a minor and violated sex -trafficking laws. The Florida Republican lawmaker has fervently denied the allegations against him and dismissed the department's investigation as being part of an elaborate and convoluted extortion scheme

Insider could not immediately verify the letter.

The Justice Department has been investigating since last year whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws and engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor. The investigation into him stems from a broader inquiry into the former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, a close associate of Gaetz's who was indicted on 33 felony counts, including carrying out the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17. Greenberg previously pleaded not guilty.

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Both Gaetz and his father have confirmed the existence of the investigation. Greenberg, meanwhile, appears to be close to striking a plea deal with prosecutors, and The New York Times reported that he's been cooperating with investigators since last year.

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Matt Gaetz reportedly paid Joel Greenberg , in jail on sex trafficking charges, 0 in May 2018 in a late-night transaction. The letter continued: 'In our office and under Congressman Gaetz 's leadership, women are not only respected, but have been encouraged time and time again to grow, achieve more, and ultimately, know our value.' The nameless women concluded by saying that they 'uniformly reject these allegations as false' and that Gaetz has always treated every woman in his office with respect.

Joel Greenberg is likely to strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors, potentially putting additional legal pressure on Rep. Matt Gaetz .

Politico reported that the feds also obtained a search warrant and seized Gaetz's iPhone in December. The report said Gaetz changed his phone number last year and that investigators also seized his former girlfriend's phone in November.

Gaetz has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and wrongdoing, and his office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The letter obtained by The Daily Beast was written as part of Greenberg's pleas to Roger Stone to help him secure a pardon from President Donald Trump. The outlet also obtained communications between Greenberg and Stone, a longtime Republican operative who had his prison sentence commuted by Trump.

According to the exchanges, Greenberg offered Stone $250,000 in Bitcoin, to which Stone replied saying he "cannot push too hard because of the nonsense surrounding pardons." A week before Trump left office, Stone told Greenberg to be "prepared to wire me $250,000 because I am feeling confident," The Daily Beast reported.

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Joel Greenberg , an associate of embattled GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz , is expected to take a plea deal in his own sex -trafficking case — and cooperate with federal authorities, according to reports Thursday. Greenberg ’s lawyer and prosecutors said in court that the former Florida county tax collector is expected to make a deal in his case, in which prosecutors accuse him of paying an underage girl for sex and tapping the state’s motor vehicle database for information on people he had relationships with, CNN reported. A federal probe into whether Gaetz (R-Fla.) had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Joel Greenberg , an associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz who is currently facing sex trafficking charges, is considering taking a plea deal -- which Greenberg 's attorney hinted could involve Greenberg cooperating with the federal government's investigation into allegations involving Gaetz . Greenberg was indicted last year for allegedly trafficking a teenage girl for sex in 2017, and the Justice Department is also trying to determine whether Gaetz had sex with the 17-year-old, according to sources.

Stone confirmed to the outlet Greenberg wanted to pay him for help with a pardon, but denied asking for money or acting on the request.

Right before leaving office, Trump issued 73 pardons and 70 commutations, including for his former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The Greenberg letter is the latest development in the Gaetz saga since news of the investigation broke late last month. In addition to looking into whether he broke sex trafficking laws by paying for a minor to travel with him, investigators are also said to be examining whether Gaetz used campaign money to fund travel and other expenses for women.

The congressman has alleged an extortion plot against him and two of his aides have quit. Gaetz has also been accused of showing nude photos of women without their consent to lawmakers on the House floor.

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