Justice Department ends sex trafficking case against Rep. Matt Gaetz
The Justice Department has terminated its investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) without any charges, according to the Florida congressman and dispatches.
Gaetz’s office said in a statement, according to The Associated Press, “The Justice Department has confirmed to attorneys for Congressman Gaetz that their investigation is complete and that he will not be charged with any crime.”
Gaetz was under investigation by the DOJ into whether Gaetz and a former political ally, Joel Greenberg, paid underage girls and escorts or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, AP reported. Greenberg pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.
Gaetz, known as a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and a conservative arsonist, maintained his innocence throughout the investigation. Yet he was viciously attacked by the left as a “sex trafficker” while the investigation was ongoing. Some on the left clung to their accusations even after the DOJ dropped its case.
Another Gaetz associate, Jason Pirozzolo, a hand surgeon and campaign donor who was also under investigation, was also told the DOJ had closed its investigation into him without charge.
“Dr. Pirozzolo asks that his privacy and that of his family be respected because the past few years have been extremely difficult to bear,” his lawyer said in a statement, according to the AP.
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