Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend cooperates with federal investigation: report


representing Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzFive Questions Before Trump Launches Social Media Lou Dobbs Says He’d Be Excited About Jim Jordan As Speaker Of The House, Calls McCarthy A ‘RINO’ CPAC Straw Poll Is First Trump against DeSantis primary MORE(R-Fla.)’s ex-girlfriend is reportedly cooperating with federal authorities in their investigation into the congressman’s alleged involvement in sex trafficking and a sexual relationship with a minor.

CNN reported Friday that the woman is a former Capitol Hill employee who could potentially help investigators analyze hundreds of transactions made by the congressman that they obtained through records, according to people familiar with the matter.

CNN reported last week that federal authorities were seeking the cooperation of the woman, who she said was linked to Gaetz as early as the summer of 2017, as well as a second key witness.

The reported involvement of Gaetz’s former girlfriend comes days after Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole County, Fla., tax collector and associate of Gaetz, pleaded guilty to six federal felonies, including sex trafficking of a minor.

Greenberg, as part of his plea deal, admitted to recruiting women for sex and paying them more than $70,000 between 2016 and 2018, as well as paying at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men.

Contacted by The Hill, Gaetz spokesperson Harlan Hill said in a statement, “Congressman Gaetz does not appear to be named or referenced in Mr. Greenberg’s plea.

“Congressman Gaetz has never had sex with a minor and has never paid for sex,” he added. “Mr. Greenberg has now pleaded guilty to falsely accusing someone else of having sex with a minor. That person was innocent. The same goes for Congressman Gaetz.

Gaetz’s defense attorneys, Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, also said in a statement shared with The Hill: “We are ready for a fair fight on the facts and the law. Everywhere. Whenever.”

“But the constant stream of leaks by anonymous sources compromises the integrity of this process. It is simply and unequivocally inappropriate,” they said.

The Hill has contacted the Justice Department for comment.

CNN reported that the ex-girlfriend’s attorney, Timothy Jansen declined to comment.

Last month, Politico reported that Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend expressed concerns to two of her friends that an alleged GOP lawmaker sex-trafficking victim recorded a call with her.

She reportedly said at the time that the alleged victim and another person recorded the call in what appeared to be an attempt to incriminate the Florida congressman.


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