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:
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.