The investigation into Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has reportedly taken a new turn, thanks to the recent court appearance and subsequent testimony from an ex-girlfriend.
The ex was seen at the federal courthouse on Wednesday, ~에 따르면 ABC 뉴스, CNN 그리고 NBC 뉴스, with CNN and NBC News reporting that she testified before a grand jury convened to consider charges against the lawmaker.
Attorneys for Gaetz, 하지만, say they’ve seen “no credible basis” for a prosecution of the sitting congressman.
The testimony from Gaetz’s ex came before the grand jury investigating whether the 39-year-old Republican had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid her to travel with him.
NBC 뉴스에 따르면, the ex-girlfriend had been in discussions with federal prosecutors about an immunity deal in exchange for her testimony.
NS 타임스 추가, 출처 인용, 저것 “senior Justice Department officials in Washington — including some appointed by Mr. Trump — were notified of the investigation.”
Federal law enforcement officials have not publicly commented and often note that policy usually bars them from discuss ongoing work, though sources told NBC News that Gaetz was being investigated for three separate alleged crimes: sex trafficking the 17-year-old; violating the Mann Act, by taking a woman or women across state lines for prostitution; and obstruction of justice.
Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and has denied any wrongdoing, previously insisting to multiple news outlets that the overarching case was “rooted in an extortion effort” against him.
PEOPLE에 대한 성명서에서, Gaetz’s attorney, Isabelle A. Kirshner, 말했다: “We have seen no credible basis for a charge against Congressman Gaetz. We remain steadfast in our commitment to challenge any allegations with the facts and law.”
An attorney for Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, whom 폴리티코 보고서 dated Gaetz in 2017 그리고 2018, did not immediately respond to a request for comment and declined to comment to other news outlets.
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The case involving Gaetz reportedly spun out of another investigation, into Joel Greenberg, his friend and former GOP official from Seminole County, 플로리다.
Greenberg was indicted on a range of charges, including sex trafficking of a child, ~에 2020. 5월, 그 유죄를 인정 to multiple charges including sex trafficking a minor and is believed to be cooperating with authorities.
Greenberg and Gaetz have been 함께 촬영 과거에.
에게 말하기 타임스 last year about his knowledge of the investigation, Gaetz said: “I only know that it has to do with women. I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward.”