NY Times: Matt Gaetz Being Investigated Over Sexual Relationship With 17-Year-Old – By John Sexton (Hot Air) / Mar 30 2021
Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is 38-years-old, is being investigated by the DOJ over a possible sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. According to the Times, this investigation began during the Trump administration:
Investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, the people said. A variety of federal statutes make it illegal to induce someone under 18 to travel over state lines to engage in sex in exchange for money or something of value. The Justice Department regularly prosecutes such cases, and offenders often receive severe sentences…
The investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William P. Barr, the two people said. Given Mr. Gaetz’s national profile, senior Justice Department officials in Washington — including some appointed by Mr. Trump — were notified of the investigation, the people said.
This is apparently an offshoot of another ongoing investigation into former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg. Greenberg was arrested last summer amid allegations that he “stalked a political opponent, illegally used a state database to create fake IDs and sex trafficked a minor.” His trial is coming up in June. According to court filings, the minor involved was older than 14 but not yet 18-years-old. But it’s not clear if the girl Greenberg is accused of trafficking is the same person Gaetz is being investigated over.