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An unnamed ex-girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was granted immunity from prosecutors ahead of her testimony before a federal grand jury last week in a lawmaker’s sex trafficking investigation, according to a report.
ORGY, UNDERAGE GIRLS, SEX GAMES AND EXTORTION: IN THE SURROUND REP ALLEGATIONS. MATT GAETZ
“It may be a willing participant who has a smart lawyer who has sought an immunity deal from the government,” CBS News legal analyst Rikki Kleiman said in a statement. through the network Monday. “The government does not grant immunity blindly, they know what they are getting in return.”
Investigators are trying to determine if Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws or obstructed justice, with the woman believed to be a potential key witness in the case. A source told CBS News they have information related to the two allegations against the congressman, with investigators looking into whether Gaetz had a phone call with the ex-girlfriend and another woman who was already a witness. of the investigation.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing in the matter, saying he never paid for sex or had sex with an underage girl. An attorney for Gaetz told CBS News last week that “we have seen no credible basis for a charge against Congressman Gaetz. We remain steadfast in our commitment to challenge any allegations with the facts and the law.”
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Part of the investigative circles surrounding an alleged 2018 trip Gaetz took to the Bahamas with the ex-girlfriend, another woman and a third 18-year-old woman with whom Gaetz allegedly had sex in the time, with investigators trying to determine if the sexual relationship began before the woman was 18.
Investigators are also trying to find out if any of the women were paid to have sex with the Florida legislator or were illegally trafficked across national and international borders to have sex with Gaetz.