The New York Times dropped one other bombshell report about Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Thursday night time containing new details about alleged felony exercise on the coronary heart of a federal investigation.
The newspaper reported that Gaetz and his friend, Joel Greenberg, who was indicted final yr on federal intercourse trafficking expenses, recruited girls on-line for intercourse and despatched them cash by way of Cash App and Apple Pay. Although Times reporters reviewed textual content messages associated to the encounters in addition to the fee receipts, the newspaper mentioned some funds have been made by way of money from lodge ATMs in Florida.
Some of the individuals concerned within the encounters, together with Gaetz, would take the drug ecstasy earlier than intercourse, the Times reported.
The Times broke the story earlier this week that Gaetz was below investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old woman and paying for her to cross state strains, which might violate federal intercourse trafficking legal guidelines.
Gaetz denied the allegations, telling Axios that any items to girls have been simply because he was “generous as a partner.” He once more denied the accusations ― and mentioned there was no 17-year-old ― throughout a Fox News look earlier this week that host Tucker Carlson known as “one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted.”
Gaetz additionally claimed that he was the sufferer of an extortion plot. One insider mentioned that such an investigation wouldn’t essentially exonerate Gaetz.
“You can both be the victim of a crime and a criminal yourself,” former Department of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller mentioned on MSNBC.
Earlier on Thursday, CNN reported that a number of sources mentioned Gaetz would present nude photographs of his sexual companions to congressional colleagues whereas bragging about his escapades.
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