The attorney for a witness in the federal investigation into Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has expressed skepticism that prosecutors would drop the case, after a report was published in The Washington Post saying charges related to the sex trafficking investigation are unlikely for lawmakers.
Gaetz became the target of the Justice Department investigation following an investigation into his colleague, former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg. Greenberg pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges last May.
The Justice Department is investigating Gaetz over allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him, including across state lines.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Gaetz – who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing – is unlikely to face charges due to “credibility” issues with two witnesses involved in the case. Job cited unnamed sources and also noted that DOJ officials have not made a final decision on the matter.
Addressing the Orlando SentinelGreenberg’s attorney, Fritz Scheller, said: ‘I have not received any information from the government regarding their decision to drop their investigation and prosecution [of Gaetz].
“Nevertheless, based on my knowledge of the evidence, I would be surprised by such a decision,” Scheller added.
A lawyer for Gaetz declined to comment. Newsweek Friday night. Newsweek also contacted Gaetz’s Legislative Press Office for comment.
Citing anonymous sources, the Job reported that while reviewing Greenberg’s case, prosecutors began investigating whether Gaetz might have been involved in sex trafficking. He also reported that prosecutors looked into whether the two shared sex partners, including the then 17-year-old girl, and also whether Greenberg paid women to have sex with the congressman.
The newspaper noted, however, that Greenberg may have credibility issues for prosecutors and previously admitted to fabricating allegations against a political opponent, saying a teacher running against him to be a tax collector had a relationship. sex with a student.
Last week, The Washington Post also reported that Gaetz had sought a preventive pardon in the sex trafficking investigation of former President Donald Trump.
A spokesperson for Gaetz told the newspaper that Gaetz never asked for forgiveness.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz discussed pardons for many others publicly and privately at the end of President Donald Trump’s first term,” the spokesperson said. “As for him, President Trump responded to this malicious rumor more than a year ago by stating, ‘Congressman Matt Gaetz never asked me for forgiveness.'” Representative Gaetz continues to support the statement of the President Trump.”