The former girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has agreed to cooperate with investigators probing an alleged intercourse trafficking operation, CNN reported Friday.
The unidentified lady, a former Capitol Hill staffer, has identified Gaetz for the reason that summer season of 2017, a time frame of specific curiosity to investigators, sources advised CNN. Investigators contemplate her a “critical witness” who could possibly decide the relevance of information of lots of of transactions they’ve obtained, together with some allegedly involving funds for intercourse, the sources stated.
News of one more particular person cooperating with investigators comes simply days after Gaetz’s longtime pal Joel Greenberg reached a plea deal on intercourse trafficking fees with the Justice Department in change for his cooperation within the investigation.
Greenberg, a former Florida county tax collector, had confronted 33 fees. As a part of the association with the Justice Department, filed May 14, Greenberg has pleaded responsible to 6 federal fees, together with intercourse trafficking of a kid, producing false identification, wire fraud and stalking. Greenberg has additionally agreed to testify that he launched an adolescent “to other men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor in the Middle District of Florida,” in line with the plea association.
Gaetz’s connection to Greenberg and varied experiences point out that a kind of “other men” may very well be the Florida lawmaker.
Gaetz couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. He was tweeting Friday evening a couple of political rally in Arizona. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Calling all HuffPost superfans!
Sign up for membership to change into a founding member and assist form HuffPost’s subsequent chapter