In the endlessly unfolding saga that is #GatezGate, The Daily Beast is reporting new revelations…
In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900. The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money. In total, the transactions amounted to $900.
The memo field for the first of Gaetz’s transactions to Greenberg was titled “Test.” In the second, the Florida GOP congressman wrote “hit up ___.” But instead of a blank, Gaetz wrote a nickname for one of the recipients. (The Daily Beast is not sharing that nickname because the teenager had only turned 18 less than six months before.) When Greenberg then made his Venmo payments to these three young women, he described the money as being for “Tuition,” “School,” and “School.”
Greenberg is the former Seminole County tax collector who has been federally indicted on 33 counts, including sex trafficking crimes involving a 17-year-old. Court documents say Greenberg was
“engaged in ‘sugar daddy’ relationships.”
The New York Times says a Justice Department investigation is looking into Gaetz’s involvement in the cash-for-sex ring.
Gaetz and Greenberg are both connected through Venmo to this then-18-year-old woman—who now works in the porn industry, according to a friend of the girl.
Yesterday, Greenberg’s attorney Fritz Scheller and prosecutors indicated during a court hearing that they expect Greenberg to strike a plea deal, likely meaning he plans to cooperate with investigators.
“I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today.”
This is disastrous for Gaetz, as investigators look into their connections and one area is their financial transactions.
Meanwhile, Trump isn’t exactly defending him but he is saying that Gaetz never asked him for pardon. Well, there’s all the proof needed. We all KNOW that guy never lies.
(Image, Twitter; via Daily Beast)