Matt Gaetz’s trip to the Bahamas with a marijuana entrepreneur comes under scrutiny in a federal sex trafficking investigation
- Federal investigators’ alleged interest in Matt Gaetz’s trip to the Bahamas was reported Wednesday by CBS News
- Sources said Gaetz traveled to the Bahamas with marijuana entrepreneur Dr. Jason Pirozzolo in late 2018 or early 2019.
- Pirozzolo paid for the travel expenses and the female escorts, the sources said
- Investigators are reportedly investigating whether the escorts were illegally traded across national or international lines for the purpose of sex with Gaetz
A trip Matt Gaetz allegedly took with a marijuana entrepreneur to the Bahamas more than two years ago is reportedly being investigated by federal officials investigating allegations of sex trafficking against the Florida congressman.
CBS News reported the development Wednesday, citing multiple sources with knowledge of Gaetz’s investigation by the Justice Department.
The sources said Gaetz made the trip to the Bahamas in late 2018 or early 2019 along with Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, a hand surgeon and co-founder of The American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association.
Pirozzolo paid the bill for travel and accommodation – as well as female escorts, the sources said.
Investigators are reportedly investigating whether the escorts were illegally traded across national or international lines to have sex with Gaetz.
A trip Matt Gaetz (left) to the Bahamas with marijuana entrepreneur Jason Pirozzolo (right) more than two years ago is reportedly being investigated by federal officials investigating sex trafficking allegations against Florida congressman
“Traveling across state lines is what sets a federal hook for a prosecution,” Arlo Devlin-Brown, a former prosecutor and partner at Covington & Burling, told CBS.
‘That does not matter [Gaetz] paid personally, as long as he knows someone is doing that. ‘
Reports emerged of investigators’ interest in the trip to the Bahamas when Gaetz was already faced with a series of lurid allegations, including allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, was involved in a sex game with Harry Potter theme, paid for sex with Apple Pay and showed Congressional colleagues on the House floor photos of naked women.
The Florida Republican has denied all charges and has gone on the attack, responded quickly to the hits, and appeared on conservative news networks to claim he is the victim of a conspiracy.
He claims he was the target of an extortion plot involving former Justice Department official David McGee, who attempted to urge $ 25 million from his family to rescue US hostage Robert Levinson from Iran. McGree denied Gaetz’s charge.
This is a story in progress.