Feds Investigating Whether or not Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz Was Given Journeys And Escorts in Trade for Political Favors
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks prior to the Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida on February 26, 2021. Founded in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists and world leaders to discuss issues that are important to them.
Congressman Matt Gaetz is under investigation by federal investigators to see if he has received trips to the Bahamas and women in exchange for political favors, according to CNN.
Justice Department investigators are reportedly investigating Gaetz’s connections with Florida workers who may have provided accompanying, travel and campaign contributions to the three-time congressman, according to sources polled by CNN. Investigators are also following allegations from witnesses and other evidence that Gaetz consumed cash and drugs on young women.
The Root previously reported on the DOJ’s broader investigation into Gaetz employee Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector on charges of stalking, harassing a political opponent, cable fraud, creating fake IDs and sex trafficking charges. He pleaded not guilty and is on a court visit on Thursday.
Gaetz has not been charged in connection with the allegations made against him, and he has denied any wrongdoing.
Here’s more from CBS covering the Bahamas trip:
Federal investigators are investigating a trip to the Bahamas that Matt Gaetz allegedly took in late 2018 or early 2019 to investigate whether the Florida representative violated sex trafficking laws, multiple sources told CBS News.
Gaetz was on this trip with a marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon named Jason Pirozzolo, who allegedly paid for travel expenses, accommodation, and female escorts.
Investigators are trying to determine if the escorts were illegally trafficked across state or international borders to have sex with the congressman.
“Traveling across state lines creates a federal catch to law enforcement,” said Arlo Devlin-Brown, former prosecutor and partner at Covington & Burling, in a report broadcast on CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell. “It does not matter [Gaetz] I’ve paid her personally as long as he knows someone is doing this. “
The Justice Department declined to comment. Pirozollo did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him and declined to comment on his relationship with Gaetz and whether he paid escorts for him when he asked CBS News outside his Orlando office on Wednesday has been.
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Suspicion of consideration came in July 2018 when Pirozzolo said in a podcast that Gaetz was working to introduce federal laws that would support medical research into marijuana.
In fact, Congressman Matt Gaetz is currently working on legislation in Washington, DC that will help facilitate research across the country. And we should see a lot of good things about it, ”Pirozzolo said on the podcast. “We have Congressmen dealing with this federal piece of legislation right now.”
The Congressman introduced the Medical Cannabis Research Act in April 2018 and again in January 2019, but the bill never got to the vote.
Here’s more about Pirozzolo, via CBS:
Pirozzolo is the co-founder and chairman of the Medical Marijuana Physicians Association (AMMPA), and Gaetz has been a speaker at two of the organization’s conferences. The first took place in October 2017, when Gaetz was supported by Trump ally Roger Stone. According to the Central Florida Post, the conference was immediately followed by a fundraiser for Gaetz’s congressional campaign. The second took place in May 2018 at the group’s “NFL and Medical Cannabis Conference” in Miami.
FEC records verified by CBS News show that Pirozzolo made two separate donations of $ 1,000 each to Gaetz’s “Friends of Matt Gaetz” campaign arm in March 2016 and May 2017.
Donald Trump eventually broke his silence on Gaetz, saying that the Congressman had never apologized to him and that he had denied the allegations against him.
It is important to note that Gaetz was never accused of directly asking Trump for forgiveness, but allegedly asked senior White House aides for scrutiny.