Florida-based Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz is well known and is trending again online as many are eager to know more about his scandal.
After finishing college, he also worked as a real estate developer and a legal aid. 2010 saw the election of Gaetz to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served until 2016.
The U.S. House of Representatives then chose him to represent Florida’s first congressional district. His staunch support for the late President Donald Trump and his conservatism are well known.
In late 2020, the Department of Justice launched an inquiry after Gaetz denied claims that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in violation of federal sex trafficking regulations.
In January 2022, the congressman’s ex-girlfriend testified before a federal grand jury, further adding fuel to the ongoing investigation.
Yet, despite the serious nature of these allegations, it’s essential to sift through the noise and get to the core of the matter. The Justice Department’s investigation into these accusations appears to have stalled, and many details remain uncertain.
Background of the Case
Matt Gaetz’s name first came into the spotlight concerning sex trafficking allegations when his cellphone was confiscated by the FBI in December 2020. This marked the onset of an investigation into whether the congressman had allegedly sex-trafficked a 17-year-old.
Matt Gaerz scandal
According to Newsweek, Matt Gaetz had a romantic involvement with one of his staff members. This assertion is partially based on tweets from the Democratic opponent he defeated.
Prosecutors had spent months investigating Gaetz’s personal conduct and, specifically, allegations that he was part of a scheme that led to the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl. At the core of their investigation was testimony from a former Gaetz associate, Joel Greenberg, who worked as a Florida tax collector.
A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.
In 2021, Greenberg pleaded guilty to six charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, identity theft, stalking, wire fraud, and conspiracy to bribe a public official, and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators as part of his plea agreement. He was sentenced in December to 11 years in prison.
The investigation into Gaetz had stalled, according to attorneys who have represented witnesses and people who have been subpoenaed or have spoken to investigators. The attorneys briefed about aspects of the case said the probe stalled over concerns about the credibility of two key witnesses or a lack of direct evidence implicating Gaetz, who has denied all wrongdoing.
Gaetz had long denied the allegations against him, including that he had sex with a minor, that he transported the alleged victim across state lines to engage in prostitution, or that he obstructed justice in an effort to cover up his actions.
The Justice Department’s decision lifts an enormous legal cloud off of Gaetz, who has been dogged by the allegations for more than a year. Gaetz, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has become a thorn in the side of the new GOP majority.
Matt Gaetz Introduces “PENCIL” Resolution
The “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licences,” or PENCIL Resolution, was introduced by Matt Gaetz.
Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licences is the acronym for the PENCIL Resolution, which appears to be a play on Trump’s disparaging “Pencil-Neck” moniker for Schiff.
It requests that the House Ethics Committee investigate Schiff’s (D-Calif.) remarks concerning the Trump Campaign’s connections to Russia in Congress and that any access he may have to private information be withheld from him.
The resolution, according to Gaetz’s office, “expresses the view of the U.S. House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should not have access to classified information.
It should be subject to a House Ethics Committee investigation. Additionally, it should have his comments made during any proceeding of Congress regarding Russian Collusion and the Trump Campaign be officially struck from the record.”
Due to his participation on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Schiff had access to confidential documents like the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack and the First Impeachment of Former President Donald Trump.
Personal life of Matt Gaetz
Gaetz claimed to have raised Nestor Galbán, a 19-year-old Cuban immigrant, as his own son and had lived with Galbán since he was 12 years old.
He continued, saying that he spends time with Gaetz, his family, and his sister and that Galbán is an ex-girlfriend of Gaetz.
In December 2020, Gaetz made a public announcement of his engagement to Ginger Luckey, the sister of Palmer Luckey, the creator of Oculus VR and a big Republican donor. Later, in August 2021, the couple was married.