REP Matt Gaetz is allegedly facing imminent arrest as his jailed pal Joel Greenberg is “singing to the feds” amid their sex trafficking probe.
News that the Justice Department was investigating Gaetz over an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 17-year-old broke earlier this week.
Greenberg, a former Tax Collector in Seminole, Florida, was reportedly involved in setting up dates with girls, and a source told the Daily Mail that he’s likely giving up dirt on the Florida Republican to investigators.
Greenberg is currently in jail awaiting trial after being hit with a string of charges in 2020, including sex trafficking a minor between the ages of 14 and 17.
Gaetz has denied all of the allegations, instead insisting that the whole underage sex story is part of a plot to extort his family to the tune of $25million.
However, the source that spoke the the Daily Mail said that claim was just an attempt to divert attention away from the investigation.
“The congressman impugned and damaged the reputation of someone who had nothing to do with this,” the source said.
“Gaetz is a sleaze-bag who used a professional with a sterling reputation to divert attention on a sex investigation focused on him
“Rest assured that Greenberg has been singing to the feds about his friend Matt Gaetz. That’s why Matt is so freaked out.”
Sources say that Gaetz’s arrest is looming, after an alleged victim reportedly testified in a Florida court that she had sex with the representative before she turned 18.
No formal charges had been brought against Gaetz as of Friday evening.
The congressman told The Hill on Friday that has no plans to step down and rumors of his resignation are “false” and it is “very safe” to say he does not intend to quit.
A New York Times report published Thursday alleged that Greenberg would use “sugar baby” websites to meet women and that Gaetz and Greenberg were involved in encounters where they would instruct women to meet them at hotels and specify how much that would pay.
The encounters allegedly took place in 2019 and 2020.
People familiar with the meetings said that some people involved, including Gaetz, would take the drug ecstasy before having sex, the Times reported.
Gaetz’s office issued another statement on Thursday calling the new allegations “disgusting” and again maintaining the congressman’s innocence.
“Matt Gaetz has never paid for sex,” the statement said. “Matt Gaetz refutes all the disgusting allegations completely.”
“Matt Geatz has never ever been on any such websites whatsoever. Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his past and looks forward to marrying the love of his life.”
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Gaetz is currently engaged to Ginger Luckey, a 26-year-old Harvard Business School student.
Earlier in the week, Gaetz claimed that the story was part of an extortion plot by former Air Force intelligence officer Robert Kent, who was trying to get the Gaetz family to fund a rescue mission for Robert Levinson, an American hostage in Iran.
Kent has denied those allegations.