Matt Gaetz’s employee is working with the FBI and is about to make a plea

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Representative Matt Gaetz’s associate is working with the FBI and is likely to close a plea deal, putting more legal pressure on the controversial Florida Republican.

CNN reported from the court on Thursday that Joel Greenberg’s attorneys and prosecutors told the judge that a plea deal was in the works and could be finalized within weeks.

With Greenberg working with the Justice Department, prosecutors may be able to determine whether Gaetz has violated sex trafficking or prostitution laws.

Representative Matt Gaetz's associate is working with the FBI and is likely to close a plea deal, putting more legal pressure on the controversial Florida Republican.

Representative Matt Gaetz’s associate is working with the FBI and is likely to close a plea deal, putting more legal pressure on the controversial Florida Republican.

Lawyers for Joel Greenberg (pictured) and prosecutors told a judge on Thursday that Greenberg was working with the Justice Department and that they were working on a plea deal

Lawyers for Joel Greenberg (pictured) and prosecutors told a judge on Thursday that Greenberg was working with the Justice Department and that they were working on a plea deal

Lawyers for Joel Greenberg (pictured) and prosecutors told a judge on Thursday that Greenberg was working with the Justice Department and that they were working on a plea deal

Greenberg is the ex-tax commissioner of Seminole County, Florida and has been charged with 33 cases ranging from underage sex trafficking to identity theft.

Gaetz, a third-term congressman from Florida, has not been charged with a crime, and he has vehemently denied the various charges against him, including that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, as a “ lie. ” . ‘

But the disturbing arsenal of allegations – including the fact that he may have violated federal sex trafficking laws and was involved in a plan to recruit and pay women for sex – has called into question the 38-year-old Conservative’s political future. just as he was seen. as an ever-increasing force in the Republican Party.

In the latest turn, The New York Times – which last week shared the story the DOJ was investigating Gaetz – reported Wednesday that the congressman had sought a blanket pardon from the White House in the waning weeks of Trump’s presidency. .

Trump had grown fond of Gaetz, a lawmaker who had offered fierce loyalty to the president throughout his four-year term.

But a Gaetz pardon never came.

With the scandal explosive, Trump weighed in on Wednesday.

“Congressman Matt Gaetz never asked for a pardon,” said the 45th president. “It should also be remembered that he has completely denied the charges against him.”

The top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, acknowledged last week that the allegations were “serious” and could lead to serious repercussions, but said he wanted to see more of the facts.

“If it turns out to be true, yes, we would remove it,” McCarthy told Fox News.

Gaetz has vigorously pushed back against the charges and tried to divert attention from the DOJ investigation by insisting that he and his family have been victims of an extortion scheme.

He says two men, including former Air Force officer Robert Kent, approached Gaetz’s father for $ 25 million to fund their bid to locate and free American Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran 14 years ago.

Kent acknowledged that he had texted Don Gaetz, the Congressman’s father, a former Florida Senate president, telling him he was aware of a “ indictment ” that was soon to be filed against his son, and that ‘I have a plan to help his future legal and political problems disappear. . ‘

Speaking to CNN, Kent said that mentioning Gaetz’s legal troubles was just a ‘teaser’, explaining to the father ‘that this was not an extortion attempt,’ but a legitimate offer to help save Levinson, while he may have represented Gaetz in a positive light. .

Levinson’s family said in 2020 that U.S. officials had told them the ex-FBI agent had died while in Iranian custody.

Brash and combative, Gaetz has taken controversial steps in Congress, wearing a gas mask on the floor of the House last year during a vote on an early coronavirus response package.

In 2019, he delayed impeachment proceedings against Trump when he led dozens of Republican lawmakers who stepped in and refused to leave for several hours.

And in January, Gaetz traveled to Wyoming to help spark backlash against senior Congressman Liz Cheney, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.

Insane details of Gaetz’s behavior have also emerged. According to CNN, Gaetz bragged about his sexual escapades to fellow lawmakers, showing them nude photos of women he claimed to have slept with.

Gaetz has dug in and wrote a column in Monday’s Washington Examiner.

“The swamp is out to drown me with false accusations, but I’m not giving up,” he wrote.

On Thursday, his office issued a press release signed by the “ women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, ” who said they felt “ morally obligated ” to speak out.

“None of us have ever experienced or experienced anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect,” the release said.

And earlier this week, another ex-employee came to hold a press conference in Florida to defend the congressman after speaking with the FBI.

But the DOJ investigation – started while Trump was still in office and not by Gaetz’s political opponents – could halt the rise of the ambitious Republican.

It’s about Gaetz and Greenberg, who were charged with a federal child trafficking charge last year.

According to the Times, people close to the investigation said they believe Greenberg met women through websites and introduced them to Gaetz, who had sex with them.

The DOJ is also investigating whether Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old.

Most Republicans, meanwhile, have not commented on the Gaetz scandal.

He will speak at Trump National Doral Miami Friday during the Save America Summit sponsored by a pro-Trump women’s group.