Matt Gaetz Reportedly Under Investigation For Obstructing Justice In Sex Crimes Probe
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) obstructed justice in a phone call with a witness in an ongoing sex crimes investigation, according to Politico, CNN and NBC News.
Investigators are looking at a phone call between the witness and Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend in which Gaetz was patched in, though it’s unclear when the call took place or what was said, Politico reported.
The ex-girlfriend, a former Capitol Hill intern, has been cooperating with prosecutors investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid women for sex.
The witness has reportedly spoken to prosecutors and is one of several women who “entered Gaetz’s orbit” through his associate Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty last month to, among other crimes, sex trafficking a 17-year-old.
Gaetz has denied allegations of improper sexual relationships; his spokesperson Harlan Hill told CNN that Gaetz “pursues justice, he doesn’t obstruct it.”
Forbes has reached out to the Department of Justice and Gaetz spokespeople for comment.
The investigation into Gaetz, which was first reported by the New York Times in March, stemmed out of a probe into Greenberg. In addition to sexual misconduct, investigators are also reportedly looking into whether Gaetz exchanged political help for gifts including marijuana and travel. Gaetz is under a separate investigation by the House Ethics Committee for improper use of campaign funds, illicit drug use and sharing “inappropriate videos” on the House floor.
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Gaetz hasn’t retreated from the spotlight, embarking on a nationwide tour with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Gaetz drew headlines last month for urging supporters to “use” their Second Amendment rights, which he said are for “armed rebellion against the government.”