Matt Gaetz 'unlikely' to face charges for 'sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl'

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Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is improbable to look charges for allegedly trafficking a 17-year-old miss due to the fact that of proposal from vocation prosecutors and credibility issues with a witness, a study Friday said.

Sources told the Washington Post that Department of Justice superiors person been advised against moving the lawsuit forward.

The allegations assertion from an probe that began successful 2020 implicit claims Gaetz, present 40, was progressive with a 17-year-old miss years earlier and paid for sex. 

Investigators zoned successful connected a travel to the Bahamas successful 2018 wherever Gaetz was with respective women, and were looking to find whether helium violated trafficking laws. 

Married Gatez insists it ne'er happened and the lone clip helium had enactment with a 17-year-old miss was erstwhile helium was 17. 

He has dismissed the probe arsenic a 'witch hunt' and his lawyers person said they person seen 'no credible basis' for charges.

More grounds could look successful the lawsuit but it is uncommon for specified proposal from wrong the Department of Justice to beryllium rejected, the Post added successful the report.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is improbable to look charges for allegedly trafficking a 17-year-old miss due to the fact that of proposal from vocation prosecutors and credibility issues with a witness, a study Friday said

The beingness of the probe archetypal became nationalist past March, erstwhile The New York Times reported that investigators were examining whether Gaetz had a intersexual narration with a 17-year-old successful 2019 and paid for her to question with him.

The enquiry had been underway for respective months earlier it became public.

Gaetz archetypal came to investigators' attraction due to the fact that of his his relationship with a erstwhile Florida taxation collector, Joel Greenberg, described arsenic his 'wingman', who past twelvemonth pleaded blameworthy to six counts of fraud and intersexual offenses.

Greenberg told investigators that Gaetz and astatine slightest 2 different men had intersexual interaction with a 17-year-old girl.

He has told them that they some gave women currency and gifts successful speech for sex.

Greenberg pleaded blameworthy to individuality theft, stalking, ligament fraud, conspiracy to bribe a nationalist authoritative and enactment trafficking of a minor.

Prosecutors ever indispensable measurement imaginable credibility issues erstwhile relying connected witnesses who received plea deals.

In Greenberg's blameworthy pleas past year, prosecutors indicated they mightiness urge shorter sentencing beneath the minimum successful speech for 'substantial assistance' successful different cases. 

A Gaetz spokesperson did not instantly respond to a petition for comment. 

Congressman Matt Gaetz told a erstwhile White House adjutant that helium had asked then-President Donald Trump for a pardon aft being investigated for enactment trafficking, it is claimed. 

The Florida Representative is presently being investigated successful a national enactment trafficking probe involving a 17-year-old girl. 

The teen claims Gaetz paid her to question crossed the authorities enactment to person enactment with him, and the congressman was investigated aft a adjacent person was convicted of akin charges.

He has denied the sex-trafficking allegations against him, and nary charges person been filed against him.

Johnny McEntee, who served arsenic manager of the White House Presidential Personnel Office successful the Trump administration, told investigators into the January 6 onslaught connected the US Capitol that Gaetz was looking to beryllium pardoned by Trump.

According to the Washington Post, Gaetz told McEntee that ‘they are launching an probe into him oregon that there’s an probe into him.'

He did not specify who was investigating Gaetz but added that the congressman told him that helium ‘did not bash thing incorrect but they are trying to marque his beingness hell, and you cognize if the president could springiness him a pardon, that would beryllium great.’

The joined Gaetz asked for a pre-emptive pardon from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, with McEntee confirming it was successful narration to Gaetz allegedly violating enactment trafficking laws, the proceeding was told. 

Gaetz is simply a Donald Trump loyalist who flew with the president Aboard Air Force One and has been 1 of his astir salient nationalist defenders, tweeting Dec. 21, 2020 days earlier lawmakers were to conscionable connected January 6 that helium would 'OBJECT to electors from states that didn't tally cleanable elections.'

According to different study successful the Post past week, Gaetz told a erstwhile White House aide that helium had asked Trump for a pardon aft being investigated for the alleged enactment trafficking.

Johnny McEntee, who served arsenic manager of the White House Presidential Personnel Office successful the Trump administration, told investigators into the January 6 onslaught connected the US Capitol that Gaetz was looking to beryllium pardoned by Trump.

According to the Washington Post, Gaetz told McEntee that ‘they are launching an probe into him oregon that there’s an probe into him.'

He did not specify who was investigating Gaetz but added that the congressman told him that helium ‘did not bash thing incorrect but they are trying to marque his beingness hell, and you cognize if the president could springiness him a pardon, that would beryllium great.’ 

Gaetz asked for a pre-emptive pardon from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, with McEntee confirming it was successful narration to Gaetz allegedly violating enactment trafficking laws, the proceeding was told. 

Last month's revelation is the archetypal denotation that Gaetz was specifically seeking a pardon for the probe against him, aft months of calling for wide pardons successful the last months of the Trump administration.

McEntee added that Gaetz met him 1 evening to sermon the contented of a pardon, but that helium could not retrieve if that took spot earlier oregon aft the Capitol riots.

In an unrelated lawsuit past month, Florida man Stephen Alford was sentenced to 63 months successful national situation aft pleading blameworthy to ligament fraud amid a bizarre crippled involving an effort to shingle down the begetter of Rep. Matt Gaetz and a pledge to effort to unafraid a statesmanlike pardon.

That lawsuit had besides brought Gaetz into the news,  wherever helium went nationalist with his ain relationship of the bizarre shakedown strategy during an quality connected Fox big Tucker Carlson's show. Gaetz' relationship yet held up.

Alford, 62, pleaded blameworthy fraud successful the convoluted strategy past year. According to the indictment, helium approached Don Gaetz, the affluent begetter of the Trump loyalist lawmaker, aft having learned of a Justice Department probe of alleged enactment trafficking. 

Gaetz has denied wrongdoing and nary charges person been filed against him. 

The condemnation volition beryllium followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

Alford sought $25 cardinal from Don Gaetz to money an effort to escaped Robert Levinson, who disappeared successful Iran years ago, and said helium would assistance question a pardon from President Joe Biden for Rep. Gaetz.

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Gaetz with his past woman Ginger Luckey successful Doral, Florida. They joined successful August past year

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