Republican Matt Gaetz undergoes investigation for blocking justice in sex inquiry
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Republican Matt Gaetz blocked justice when he called a witness in an undergoing inquiry of potential sex crimes, NBC News reported on Thursday.
The witness is allegedly related to Gaetz and his friend Joel Greenberg, a former county tax collector in Florida who pleaded guilty to multiple crimes last month, also involving a case of the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, a law enforcement source told NBC.
Greenberg’s case seemingly made prosecutors see into Gaetz, who rejected all accusations of wrongdoing against him when The New York Times first reported in late March that the FBI was investigating if he was involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paying the expenses for her travels with him.
A Gaetz spokesperson told NBC in a statement on Thursday, “Congressman Gaetz pursues justice, he doesn’t obstruct it.”
“The anonymous allegations have thus far amounted to lies, wrapped in leaks, rooted in an extortion plot by a former DOJ official,” the spokesperson added in context to Gaetz’s claim that the sex trafficking inquiry is linked to an “organized criminal extortion” scheme against him and his family.