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Latest Development In Legal Case Against Matt Gaetz Is ‘Something HUGE’: Former Prosecutor

On Monday, a federal judge granted yet another delay in the sentencing of former Seminole County, Florida, tax collector Joel Greenberg as he continues to cooperate with prosecutors investigating possible sexual trafficking by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who allegedly transported underage girls across state lines for the purpose of having sex with them.

ABC News reports:

Federal prosecutors told the judge they needed more time due to the breadth of leads Greenberg has handed over and the “number of lines of investigations” investigators are pursuing.

“This is obviously not a normal situation,” U.S. attorney Roger Handberg told the judge. “Mr. Greenberg is a prolific criminal.”

“Mr. Greenberg was not alone,” Handberg added. “This is an unusual situation with a number of lines of investigation we are pursuing.”

The new sentencing delay agreed to by the judge is four months, meaning Greenberg will remain free until March of next year.

The new delay led former New York State prosecutor Tristan Snell to remark, “There’s something HUGE here.”

Snell posted his thoughts on Twitter, noting:

“Update on Matt Gaetz — his buddy Joel Greenberg has had so much dirt that prosecutors have opened up entire new wings of their case. The investigation into financial crimes now includes help from Secret Service agents. There’s something HUGE here.”

“Did Greenberg have information on Matt Gaetz trying to buy himself a pardon from Donald Trump? Is that why the Secret Service is now involved in the investigation?”

Snell added that he now suspects Greenberg has given information on crimes beyond what the original indictment of Gaetz’s “wingman.”

“Greenberg appears to have given the feds information about crimes totally beyond the scope of the original indictment of Greenberg — so the entire matter has snowballed.

“And if they haven’t indicted Gaetz yet, it may be because the new material also implicates Gaetz.”

Wouldn’t it be interesting if Greenberg is providing information about other top officials in the Sunshine State? Just how high does this sex trafficking investigation go? Only time will tell.

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Gaetz’s Friends Are Afraid To Text Him For Fear The FBI Is Monitoring His Communications: Report

The few friends that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has left are terrified to send him text messages or other forms of electronic communications because they assume the FBI is monitoring every move the embattled congressman makes.

Business Insider reports that the allegations that Gaetz may have sexually trafficked an underage girl have led many who know him to cut all ties:

Matt Gaetz’s friends think twice these days before texting the Florida Republican congressman. “They know that there’s a massive investigation going on,” one Gaetz friend told Insider. “That makes people hesitant to reach out.'”Another of Gaetz’s friends agreed, saying, “It’s a natural sort of reaction. No one wants to inject themselves into anything while there’s 16 dozen people looking into everything that comes into that phone.”

Back in April, Politico reported that federal agents had seized an iPhone belonging to Gaetz:

Gaetz’s predicament as the subject of a serious investigation became clearer this winter when federal agents executed a search warrant and seized his iPhone, according to interviews with three people who were told of the matter by Gaetz, who changed his phone number in late December. Around that time, the sources said, federal agents also seized his former girlfriend’s phone before she went into work in the morning. She declined comment.

Most of those who know Gaetz and the allegations against him are convinced it’s just a matter of time before he’s indicted, arrested, and put on trial on charges that could potentially send him to prison for the rest of his life:

Gaetz’s former classmates at William & Mary Law School recently received a save the date for their 15-year reunion next April. Some joked that Gaetz might attend with federal agents. His former law school classmates are “anticipating his indictment,” said one of his ex-classmates, said the report. For now, Florida politicos, Washington Republicans, and others who know Gaetz say they’re waiting to see what’s next in the legal drama, even though the headlines have died down. “Everybody’s kind of sitting back with popcorn,” said one Republican source who worked with Gaetz in Florida.

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Eric Swalwell Trolls Jim Jordan On Twitter: ‘Ohio Should Mandate Sexual Assault Reporting For Coaches’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) seems to have a pathological need to draw attention to himself despite the fact that such attention usually comes back to bite him right on the ass.

Such is the case with a tweet Jordan sent out regarding vaccine mandates, according to Mediaite:

While many prominent conservatives have spoken out and even banned mandates against Covid-19, few have suggested there should be such prohibitions against all vaccine mandates. But on Tuesday, that’s appeared to be what Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) did, tweeting on Tuesday that his state should ban all vax mandates.

Really? All vaccine mandates should be banned? Does that include childhood vaccinations which keep our kids and school safe? Or would Jordan prefer if students were missing months of classroom time because they were constantly contracting one disease after another? Some would even wind up dead as a result, but at least the congressman would have an issue he could put on a bumper sticker.

That led Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to fire off a devastating response to Jordan, referencing the sexual abuse scandal that took place while Jordan was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University. It has been alleged that Jordan knew abuse was taking place but didn’t report it to university administrators or the authorities:

That’s what you call burning someone down to the ashes on Twitter.

Well done, Congressman Swalwell.

 

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Gaetz Gave An Interview To A Local TV Station And Made His Legal Situation Even Worse

The best thing anyone who is under investigation for a federal crime can do is keep their head down and mouth shut, especially if they’re facing the prospect of spending the rest of their life in prison.

So it’s safe to say that attorneys for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are probably pulling out their hair after the Florida congressman gave an extensive interview to Pensacola television station WEAR in which he commented on the accusations of sexual trafficking that have been leveled against him.

Regarding a report that he had traveled to the Bahamas with a lobbyist and his connections to Jeffrey Greenberg, the former Florida tax collector who has pled guilty to sex trafficking and other felonies, Gaetz remarked:

“I’ve never been to the Bahamas with a lobbyist. That’s not accurate. I was on a trip as many Floridians do to go to the Bahamas. Nothing about that’s criminal. I didn’t do anything criminal while I was there.”

“As for the optics going to a tax collectors office, I’ve never used the tax collectors office in Seminole County or anywhere else for anything improper. I believe there may have been a time where Greenberg swung by the office but it certainly didn’t have anything to do with any bad acts on my part.”

Gaetz also insisted that he’s no longer friends with Greenberg, who is cooperating with prosecutors investigating the congressman:

“When I became aware of some of Greenberg’s misdeeds, I deeply regretted my friendship with him,” he explained. “I do believe that it’s fair for the people of northwest Florida to judge me based on the associations that I’ve had. And I deeply regret my association with Joel Greenberg politically, socially and otherwise.

“But when folks evaluate that, I hope they evaluate it alongside the good work that I’ve done to advance our military mission, to fight for our values and to be a representative in Congress who never fears the battle and is always in the arena for these great folks.”

Every word that Gaetz said during that interview can now be used against him in a court of law to impeach his credibility and prove that he has absolutely no regrets about what he’s allegedly done with underage girls.

Matt Gaetz just made it even more certain that he’s going to be charged, convicted, and sent away for a very long time.

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Gaetz’s ‘Wingman’ Requests Sentencing Delay So He Can Provide More Incriminating Evidence

 

If Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz thought the growing case against him couldn’t possibly get any worse, he found out today that the person cooperating with the government — his so-called “wingman” — is seeking to delay his sentencing so that he can continue to provide information and evidence against Gaetz.

NBC’s Tom Winters noted that attorneys for Joel Greenberg made a filing and a request in federal court:

Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz has asked to delay his sentencing citing his ongoing cooperation with investigators, court documents say, as the probe into whether or not Gaetz had sex with an underage girl continues. Allegations Gaetz has denied.

His attorney, Fritz Scheller, said Greenberg has been cooperating with prosecutors through a series of proffers and that cooperation won’t be done before his current sentencing date of November 18th. Prosecutors and Greenberg are asking for a sentencing date in March 2022.

When someone noted on Twitter that it seemed the goal by Greenberg was to delay the inevitable, Winter replied:

Greenberg pleaded guilty to six counts — sex trafficking of a child, production of a false document, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, stalking, and conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. — in May. He is cooperating with federal prosecutors in the hope of getting a lighter sentence.

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said the report that Greenberg is still cooperating is a bad sign for Gaetz:

“This is not good news for Matt Gaetz.”

If Gaetz wasn’t already worried (and you can bet he is), today’s news from federal court is almost certain to send him into a full-fledged panic attack.