A money-for-sex investigation and the revelation of talks about “sexual prowess”: Fuel the sex scandal around Rep. Matt Gaetz | Univision Politics News

This Thursday, that newspaper reported that the DOJ investigation also involved former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, indicted on federal sex trafficking charges and who would have found the women on dating sites and convinced to have sex in exchange for money. , gifts, travel and others. Greenberg allegedly introduced these women to Gaetz, who also reportedly had sex with them, the sources told the Times.

According to the investigation of the newspaper, which had access to receipts from Cash App, a mobile payment application and Apple Pay, there is evidence of payments from both Greenberg and Gaetz to one of the women, and a payment from Greenberg to a second. Two people familiar with the matter stated that the women commented in their close environment that they had received payments to have sex with the two men.

The messages and interviews consulted prove that for these meetings, which occurred in 2019 and 2020, Greenberg and Gaetz instructed the women to meet at certain places and times, usually in hotels, as well as the amount of money they were willing to pay. .

Furthermore, Gaetz would have asked the women to help him find others who are interested in having sex with him and his friends, said two people familiar with these conversations. Ecstasy, an illegal drug, was used in some of these encounters, a source said.

The FBI has questioned several women who would have had such dates with Gaetz and his friends, since in at least one case there is a third man involved. No charges have yet been brought against Gaetz, who has said in a statement that he has never paid for sex and denies the allegations.

Photos and videos of naked women

This same Thursday it was also known that Gaetz, a controversial representative and staunch defender of Trump, used to brag about his sexual relationships and allegedly showed images of naked women with whom he had had sex to his colleagues, including in Congress, CNN reported, citing to various sources, two of them people who would have directly seen those photos.

One of the sources claimed to have seen a video of a naked woman with a hula hoop, which Gaetz proudly displayed.

At the moment it is not clear if these photos or videos have any relation to the investigation carried out by the Department of Justice on payments to women in exchange for sex, which could include a minor.

Impact on the Lower House

Generally speaking, Republicans in the Lower House have not commented on this issue, although Ohio Representative Jim Jordan or the controversial Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia have come out in defense of Gaetz.

Another tone was used by House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who in an appearance on Fox News on Thursday acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations against Gaetz, although he said he needed additional evidence to take any disciplinary action.

For her part, from the Democratic bench, President Nancy Pelosi suggested this Thursday that the Ethics Committee should initiate an investigation into these accusations.

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