Witness Claims Congressman Matt Gaetz Paid for Sex, House Ethics Committee Investigating

Witness Claims Congressman Matt Gaetz Paid for Sex, House Ethics Committee Investigating
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The House Ethics Com¬≠mit¬≠tee‚Äôs inves¬≠ti¬≠ga¬≠tion into Con¬≠gress¬≠man Matt Gaetz has tak¬≠en a dis¬≠turb¬≠ing turn, as a wit¬≠ness has report¬≠ed¬≠ly told the com¬≠mit¬≠tee that Gaetz paid her for sex.

Accord­ing to mul­ti­ple sources famil­iar with the com­mit­tee’s work, inves­ti­ga­tors have inter­viewed at least half a dozen women who were wit­ness­es in the long-run­ning Jus­tice Depart­ment sex traf­fick­ing probe into the Flori­da Republican.

In these closed-door inter­views, which have not been pre­vi­ous­ly report­ed, some of the wit­ness­es have alleged that Gaetz paid them for sex­u­al activities.

One woman in par­tic­u­lar told the com­mit­tee that a pay­ment she received from Gaetz was specif­i­cal­ly for sex, the sources said.

Oth­er wit­ness­es have claimed they were paid to attend par­ties that also fea­tured Gaetz, as well as drugs and addi­tion­al sex­u­al activ­i­ty. The com­mit­tee has shown some wit­ness­es Ven­mo pay­ment records from Gaetz and asked if the pay­ments were for sex­u­al services.

Gaetz has vehe¬≠ment¬≠ly denied the alle¬≠ga¬≠tions against him, includ¬≠ing claims that he paid for sex. In the past, he has dis¬≠missed the accu¬≠sa¬≠tions by say¬≠ing ‚Äúsome¬≠one is try¬≠ing to recat¬≠e¬≠go¬≠rize my gen¬≠eros¬≠i¬≠ty to ex-girl¬≠friends as some¬≠thing more untoward.‚ÄĚ

The House Ethics Com¬≠mit¬≠tee launched its inves¬≠ti¬≠ga¬≠tion into Gaetz in 2021, but had pre¬≠vi¬≠ous¬≠ly put it on hold while the Jus¬≠tice Depart¬≠ment con¬≠duct¬≠ed its own probe. How¬≠ev¬≠er, the com¬≠mit¬≠tee has now resumed its work, sub¬≠poe¬≠naing mul¬≠ti¬≠ple wit¬≠ness¬≠es and issu¬≠ing 25 sub¬≠poe¬≠nas in total.

In a recent update, the com¬≠mit¬≠tee stat¬≠ed that it will con¬≠tin¬≠ue to review alle¬≠ga¬≠tions that Gaetz ‚Äúengaged in sex¬≠u¬≠al mis¬≠con¬≠duct and illic¬≠it drug use.‚ÄĚ The pan¬≠el is also look¬≠ing into claims that Gaetz ‚Äúsought to obstruct gov¬≠ern¬≠ment inves¬≠ti¬≠ga¬≠tions of his conduct.‚ÄĚ

Notably, the com¬≠mit¬≠tee has obtained Gaet¬≠z‚Äôs Ven¬≠mo records after issu¬≠ing a sub¬≠poe¬≠na to the pay¬≠ment platform. 

This could pro­vide cru­cial evi­dence as con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tors exam­ine any pay­ments the con­gress­man may have made dur­ing his friend­ship with for­mer tax col­lec­tor Joel Green­berg, who was sen­tenced to 11 years in prison for sex traf­fick­ing a minor and oth­er charges.

Green¬≠berg has been coop¬≠er¬≠at¬≠ing with the House Ethics Com¬≠mit¬≠tee‚Äôs probe, sources say, offer¬≠ing insight that could be dam¬≠ag¬≠ing to Gaetz. 

The com­mit­tee has also obtained a sworn state­ment from a woman who attend­ed a 2017 par­ty in Flori­da that Gaetz was alleged­ly present at.

As the inves¬≠ti¬≠ga¬≠tion con¬≠tin¬≠ues, the alle¬≠ga¬≠tions against Gaetz have the poten¬≠tial to fur¬≠ther tar¬≠nish the con¬≠gress¬≠man¬≠‚Äôs rep¬≠u¬≠ta¬≠tion and polit¬≠i¬≠cal standing. 

The House Ethics Com­mit­tee’s find­ings could have seri­ous con­se­quences for the Flori­da Repub­li­can, whose polit­i­cal future now hangs in the balance.

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