The troubled attorney, Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, testified before a federal jury in Orlando, Florida, indicating that the Department of Justice is approaching charges of child trafficking.
The woman was seen entering the courthouse with her lawyer, and she was negotiating with prosecutors over an immunity agreement that could have been avoided on charges of obstruction in return for her testimony against Gaetz (R-Fla.). NBC News reported.
According to legal sources, Gaetz, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old teenager, obstructing justice, and violating Mann’s law, which criminalizes the transportation of people across state borders for the purpose of prostitution. Gaetz has repeatedly and resolutely claimed that these allegations are nothing more than the DOJ’s “witch hunt”.
The investigation into Gaetz began more than a year ago when his longtime ally, former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, was accused of many crimes, including sexually abusing a girl accused of abusing a minor girl – Gaetz.
While federations were investigating Greenberg, a sex trafficking victim told them that Gaetz had also had sex with her at one time, a source familiar with the case told the publication.
Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, who had an open relationship with the Conservative from 2017 to 2018, plays a crucial role in the investigation, as the couple often talked about his meetings with other women, and his testimony left gaps in investigators. could help replenish. The story is called publication.
She also traveled to the Bahamas in 2018 with Gaetz and other young women, which is also part of the investigation, Politico reported.
After the investigation into Gaetz began, he spoke with the former via a three-way phone call to another woman who was cooperating with federal investigators at the time and secretly recorded the call, sources close to the case told the publication. .
It was on that call that the former and Gaetz obstructed justice, but it is not clear how.
His ex-girlfriend is being defended by Tim Jansen, a well-known lawyer in Florida, who specializes in immune protection.
Gaetz and Jansen did not respond to a request for comment.