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[BREAKING] Gaetz Ex-Girlfriend Granted Immunity In Sex Trafficking Probe

[BREAKING] Gaetz Ex-Girlfriend Granted Immunity In Sex Trafficking Probe

The sex trafficking case against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is intensifying as it was learned on Monday that the ex-girlfriend who testified against him last week had been granted immunity in exchange for her information.

The woman, who is not being named in the media to protect her privacy, testified in front of a federal grand jury in Orlando last Wednesday. She is viewed as a potential key witness, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. One of the sources said she has information related to the investigation of both the sex trafficking and obstruction allegations.

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Isabelle Kirshner, an attorney for Gaetz, said in a statement to the media 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 law.” But the immunity status indicates she may have participated in or witnessed specific criminal acts committed by Gaetz.

CBS News reports that last week that as a part of their obstruction probe, FBI investigators are looking into whether Gaetz had a phone call with the ex-girlfriend, and another woman, who was already a witness in the federal investigation. According to several sources, the ex-girlfriend and the other woman traveled to the Bahamas with Gaetz in 2018, along with a third woman with whom Gaetz was in a sexual relationship. That third woman was 18 at the time of the Bahamas trip, but investigators are also looking into whether she was 17 when the sexual relationship began.

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Investigators are trying to determine if any of the women were paid and were illegally trafficked across state or international lines for the purpose of sex with the congressman. Two sources familiar with the matter told CBS News it was Joel Greenberg, a former Florida county tax collector and an associate of Gaetz’s, who introduced Gaetz to that woman when she was 17 years old. Greenberg pleaded guilty in May 2021 to six federal charges, including the trafficking of a minor.

[This is a breaking and developing story, please check back for updates]

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