Matt Gaetz’s girlfriend was reportedly paid $6,500 by Joel Greenberg, alleged sex ring leader

Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector for Florida’s Seminole County and accused sex trafficker who is reportedly cooperating with a federal investigation of his friend Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), made at least 150 Venmo payments to young women, including a 17-year-old, The Daily Beast reports, citing several documents detailing years of online financial transactions. Greenberg is the linchpin of an allegedContinue reading “Matt Gaetz’s girlfriend was reportedly paid $6,500 by Joel Greenberg, alleged sex ring leader”

Matt Gaetz’s iPhone Is Seized; Associate Talks In Sex Trafficking Probe: Reports

Federal agents seized the Florida Republican’s device when executing a search warrant over the winter, Politico reported. New reports on the federal sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) have revealed more details about the extent of the probe, including the seizure of his iPhone by federal agents over the winter and an associate’sContinue reading “Matt Gaetz’s iPhone Is Seized; Associate Talks In Sex Trafficking Probe: Reports”

‘Felt like a setup’: WhatsApp chat shows Gaetz ally scrambling to contain fallout

The Florida congressman’s “wingman” said he was paying legal fees for the former teen at the center of the case. The feds were closing in. And Rep. Matt Gaetz’s friend, Joel Greenberg, was in a panic. The Florida county tax collector was five days away from a federal indictment for sex trafficking involving a 17-year-oldContinue reading “‘Felt like a setup’: WhatsApp chat shows Gaetz ally scrambling to contain fallout”

Longtime associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz leaves position at lobbying firm

Chris Dorworth’s biography and photo have been removed from the Ballard Partners website Chris Dorworth, a former Florida state legislator and longtime associate of Congressman Matt Gaetz, abruptly departed his position at a lobbying firm Friday night. Dorworth joined Ballard Partners in 2012 after losing his seat in the Florida House of Representatives in anContinue reading “Longtime associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz leaves position at lobbying firm”

Matt Gaetz, Spreader of Wild Conspiracy Theories, Now Says He’s the Victim of Them

“I hear the millions of Americans who feel forgotten, canceled, ignored, marginalized and targeted.” Hours after the House Ethics Committed opened an investigation into him, embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) defiantly refused to admit wrongdoing and portrayed himself as a victim of left-wing “cancel culture” in a speech before Trump supporters in Florida on Friday. It wasContinue reading “Matt Gaetz, Spreader of Wild Conspiracy Theories, Now Says He’s the Victim of Them”

Video shows Trump meeting the man at the center of the Matt Gaetz sex-trafficking allegations

A video has surfaced of Trump and a man at the center of Gaetz’s sex-trafficking allegations. Jason Pirozzolo met Trump, then president, along with Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida in 2019. Pirozzolo is accused of paying for female escorts for Gaetz on a Bahamas trip in 2018 or 2019. Footage from 2019 has surfaced ofContinue reading “Video shows Trump meeting the man at the center of the Matt Gaetz sex-trafficking allegations”

Trump reportedly had to be talked out of defending Matt Gaetz because the allegations against him were so serious

Trump had to be talked out of defending Gaetz amid a sex-trafficking scandal, NYT’s Maggie Haberman said. Trump was told to stand down because the allegations were so serious, Haberman told CNN. After more than a week of silence, Trump released a two-sentence statement defending Gaetz. Former President Donald Trump had to be talked outContinue reading “Trump reportedly had to be talked out of defending Matt Gaetz because the allegations against him were so serious”

Rep. Matt Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon From Donald Trump: NYT

It is unclear if Gaetz or Trump knew of the sex trafficking investigation into the Florida congressman, but the White House declined anyway. In the twilight of Donald Trump’s administration, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sought preemptive pardons from the president for any crimes he and his allies in Congress may have committed, The New York Times reports. Gaetz, 38,Continue reading “Rep. Matt Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon From Donald Trump: NYT”

Matt Gaetz’s aides reportedly sent embarrassing videos of him to other Republican operatives

Rep. Matt Gaetz’s staffers sent embarrassing videos of him to other Republicans, Politico reported. The news is unrelated to a federal investigation into whether Gaetz broke sex-trafficking laws. But it highlights the lawmaker’s waning popularity within his own party and among his staffers. Aides working for Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida sent embarrassing videos ofContinue reading “Matt Gaetz’s aides reportedly sent embarrassing videos of him to other Republican operatives”

Trump’s circle isn’t defending Matt Gaetz because ‘not a lot of people are surprised’ by the allegations

Conservatives in Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) solidly Republican district are backing him amid credible reports that the Justice Department is investigating him for possible sex trafficking violations, paying for sex, and other scandalous allegations, but most other allies and Republican lawmakers are keeping him at arm’s length. That includes, so far, Florida’s most famous Republican, former President Donald Trump,Continue reading “Trump’s circle isn’t defending Matt Gaetz because ‘not a lot of people are surprised’ by the allegations”

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