The Florida county tax collector was five days away from a federal indictment for sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old — the same one Gaetz is now being investigated over — so Greenberg reached out to mutual friends on Aug. 14 last year and tried to enlist them in his defense, according to a WhatsApp chat.
He fumed that the prosecutor should be fired. He suspected that a political consultant “was the rat here.” He fretted that investigators had combed through his Venmo cash app history, fearing it led them to the former teen at the center of the case.
Greenberg went so far as to push Gaetz to use his influence with Trump for a pardon, according to two sources familiar with the discussions, including one who heard Greenberg say it repeatedly.
Read the full article. There’s much more, including Greenberg urging his apparently uninvolved friends to “lawyer up.” One of them responded, “Not. Fucking. Cool.”
“Felt like a setup:” In a WhatsApp chat w/a friend, Gaetz pal was in a panic before indictment for sex w/a minor he called “Vintage 99,” said he was funding her lawyer & tried to draw others into his defense
Prosecutors have the chat, obtained by Politico https://t.co/AwCEW1O9MM
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) April 12, 2021