Matt Gaetz Has Spent Over $85k On Attorneys Since Arrest Leading To Investigation
In the past month, the American public learned that Matt Gaetz is facing allegations of sex trafficking connected to an alleged sexual relationship with an underaged girl. Now, we’re learning that he’s been consulting with attorneys, to a tune approaching six-digit dollar amounts, since last July.
Though the public only learned of the allegations recently, Gaetz has known about an investigation much longer. This stemmed from the arrest of his political ally and apparent personal friend Joel Greenberg, who is facing a spate of charges for illegal activity alleged during his time as Seminole County tax collector.
Here’s the background: according to the Washington Post, Greenberg is facing a long list of charges, and it was through investigation of his activities that federal authorities found evidence leading to Matt Gaetz. A spokesperson for Gaetz, Harlan Hill, has claimed this is a case of Greenberg ” trying to ensnare innocent people in his troubles,” but law enforcement apparently felt there was enough evidence to warrant an investigation.
Greenberg is expected to take a plea deal, and there’s speculation that this deal could be bad for others in Greenberg’s circle, including Gaetz.
Now it has come out that Gaetz may have been preparing for this. According to NBC LX, since Greenberg’s arrest last July, Gaetz has spent $85,626 in campaign funds for legal consultation.
Gaetz’ campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) do not specify what services were provided by DC law firm Venable, LLP, but the firm’s website touts its experience in congressional investigations…
By comparison, Gaetz’ campaign spent less than $10k on legal consultation from 2016 to 2019, and never worked with this firm before Greenberg’s arrest.