The Walls Are Closing in On Matt Gaetz

Federal investigators are now looking into Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz’s (Q-FL) connections with medical marijuana, and whether certain friends and associates with interests in the brand new yet lucrative industry in Florida influenced or enriched themselves from legislation the politician was sponsoring.

Much of the focus is on a justice department inquiry into Gaetz that, in recent days, has grown beyond initial sex trafficking allegations to an inquiry involving alleged corruption. Gaetz’s alleged sex trafficking partner, Joel Greenberg, has already cooperated with federal agents in Florida, revealing details of how he and Gaetz paid teenage girls for sex via Venmo, amid other lurid accusations.

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Gaetz has tried to distance himself from Greenberg, despite an avalanche of evidence that the pair were close. It includes tweets showing the two friends with Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis; receipts of Venmo payments from Gaetz to Greenberg in the same amount that Greenberg then immediately paid to a teenage girl; and a “creepy” voicemail the pair sent in 2019 to Anna Eskamani, a young Democratic state congresswoman.

The most damning development came a week ago when the Daily Beast published a stunning “confession” letter it said was written by Greenberg to Roger Stone, a close ally and political “fixer” of Trump, allegedly seeking a pardon from the then president in exchange for $250,000.

Notably, it implicated Gaetz directly in paying numerous women for sex, including a girl who was 17 at the time and who is now said to be a sex industry worker. “My lawyers, that I fired, know the whole story about MG’s involvement,” Greenberg allegedly wrote in one text to Stone, according to the Beast.

Gaetz, meanwhile, has always insisted the claim he had a relationship with a minor is “verifiably false”, claiming he was the victim of a $25m extortion plot involving a justice department official.

Prosecutors have a May 15th deadline to strike a plea deal with Greenberg, set by US district court judge Gregory Presnell in April. Greenberg’s attorney Fritz Scheller said after the hearing that his client was cooperating, telling reporters: “I am sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today.”

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