CBS News reports:
Federal investigators are looking into a Bahamas trip Matt Gaetz allegedly took in late 2018 or early 2019 as part of an inquiry into whether the Florida representative violated sex trafficking laws, multiple sources told CBS News.
Gaetz was on that trip with a marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon named Jason Pirozzolo, who allegedly paid for the travel expenses, accommodations, and female escorts, the sources said. Investigators are trying to determine if the escorts were illegally trafficked across state or international lines for the purpose of sex with the congressman.
The Justice Department declined to comment. Pirozollo did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him, and declined to comment on his relationship with Gaetz and whether he paid for escorts for him when asked by CBS News on Wednesday outside his office in Orlando.
Gaetz’s office has issued a statement:
Rep. Gaetz has never paid for sex, nor has he had sex with an underage girl. What began with blaring headlines about ‘sex trafficking’ has now turned into a general fishing exercise about vacations and consensual relationships with adults. Yesterday, we even learned of some nonsense ‘pardon’ story that turned out to be false, and today it’s just more euphemism,” his office continued. “It’s interesting to watch the Washington wheels grinding so hard every time one of their falsehoods gets knocked down.
I’m sure we’ll learn Matt Gaetz’s little dalliance in the Bahamas was an innocent consensual relationship between a man and a woman, trafficked across state lines to sleep with the man in exchange for action on legislation that helps the other man paying for the trip, make bank.
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 8, 2021
“Gaetz was on Bahamas trip w Jason Pirozzolo, who allegedly paid for travel, accommodation &female escorts. Investigators are trying to determine whether the escorts have been smuggled thru state or international lines for the purpose of having sex w the congressman.” ht @dlh2409 https://t.co/hUzih4x2ZS
— Melody speaks gif fluently (@UnpaintedMelody) April 8, 2021