Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend to cooperate with federal officials in investigation

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The woman is also a former Capitol Hill staffer.

An ex-girlfriend of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will cooperate with federal authorities to aid in their sex trafficking investigation, CNN reported Saturday.

Citing several sources familiar with the matter, CNN reports that the woman, who is also a former Capitol Hill staffer, is considered a critical witness to the Gaetz investigation. Her ties with Gaetz extend back to 2017 — a key period of time for investigators.

The Congressman’s former girlfriend was one of the women who traveled with Gaetz to the Bahamas in 2018, a trip that has become central to the investigation, according to a CNN report. Authorities are investigating if these women were paid to travel for sex with Gaetz and others. The trip is also facing scrutiny for potential public corruption with connections to the medical marijuana sector.

Sources also told CNN that the individual can help provide details about hundreds of transactions officials have obtained records of, including those involving alleged payments for sex.

She now works in the Florida state government, according to state records. She previously worked for multiple members of Congress including Rep. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat.

The move to cooperate with federal authorities comes about a week after former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, also a close friend of Gaetz, entered a plea deal with the Justice Department.

Greenberg pleaded guilty last Monday in federal court in Orlando to sex trafficking of a child and five counts involving fraud. His cooperation with the investigation also led officials to dropping 27 of the 33 federal charges.

Federal investigators are counting on his help and testimony to catch others. For months, reports of the case have spotlighted Gaetz and others in the Greenberg-Gaetz circle of Republican political associates and wild-party friends, involving trips rife with drugs, sex workers and money laundering.

According to CNN’s reporting, Greenberg told investigators that Gaetz and at least two other men had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl.

Gaetz has repeatedly denied he ever had sex with a minor or paid for sex.

“Congressman Gaetz doesn’t seem to be named nor referenced in Mr. Greenberg’s plea,” said Gaetz spokesman Harlan Hill. “Congressman Gaetz has never had sex with a minor and has never paid for sex. Mr. Greenberg has now pleaded guilty to falsely accusing someone else of sex with a minor. That person was innocent. So is Congressman Gaetz.”

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Josey

    May 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    The odds aren’t looking too good for Gaetz. I think we’re at a 75% chance of indictment.

  • Artwork

    May 22, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t believe Gaetz would stoop to Bill Clinton type behavior. On the other hand, maybe Democrats will see him as presidential material.

  • Noneya

    May 22, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I can’t believe people are stupid enough to think he is guilty. They just want him out of politics because he is a problem for him. Whatever the cost, they don’t care. So when are we going to talk about Hunter Biden’s laptop!!? Now there’s a story with hard evidence including photo documentation. When are we going to talk about the investigation he is under for human trafficking?? The underage girls on his laptop? His niece and Joe covering it up and failing to report it- which is proven in their text message conversations …. funny how they just leave that story alone.

  • Matthew Lusk

    May 26, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Do you mean laptop or lap top?

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