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Matt Gaetz Floats Presidential Bid If Trump Doesn’t Run

The New York Post reports: “I support Donald Trump for president. I’ve directly encouraged him to run and he gives me every indication he will,” the Florida Republican texted The Post Wednesday. “If Trump doesn’t run, I’m sure I could defeat whatever remains of Joe Biden by 2024.” Gaetz, who said he hasn’t formally launched an exploratory committee, is facing …

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Gaetz: I’m Focused On Socialism, Not Scandal [VIDEO]

“I’m not too worried about Joel Greenberg. Joel Greenberg is literally sitting in jail right now because he originally accused someone who was innocent of having a relationship with a minor. “That wasn’t true, it was just a false thing that Joel Greenberg had said. And that’s landed him in quite a bit of trouble. But I’m not focused on …

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Matt Gaetz’s Ex To Cooperate in Sex Trafficking Probe

CNN reports: Federal authorities investigating alleged sex trafficking by GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz have secured the cooperation of the congressman’s ex-girlfriend, according to people familiar with the matter. The woman, a former Capitol Hill staffer, is seen as a critical witness, as she has been linked to Gaetz as far back as the summer of 2017, a period of time …

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“Shock Jock” Texts May Figure In Gaetz Investigation

The Daily Beast reports: Text messages between Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wingman and a former Florida shock jock reveal how people with key information about an alleged underage sex ring were scrambling as the feds closed in—and they bolster the evidence in a growing scandal that could take down the congressman. Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg was already under investigation when he …

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Subpoena Lists New Names In Gaetz-Linked Probe

Politico reports: A new name has surfaced tied to the scandal engulfing Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz: Joe Ellicott, a close friend and former employee of the elected tax collector who pleaded guilty to a host of crimes Monday. Nicknamed “Big Joe,” Ellicott was listed in a federal grand jury subpoena sent to a different individual and obtained by POLITICO. The …

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Ex-US Attorney: Plea Deal Is Blueprint To Charge Gaetz

Law & Crime reports: “He will honor his plea agreement,” lawyer Fritz Scheller said in response to inquiries about whether his client planned to testify against Gaetz. Several former federal prosecutors weighed in on the significance of Greenberg’s guilty plea and cooperation deal, with all agreeing that it appeared to put Gaetz in a precarious legal position. Former U.S. Attorney …

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Gaetz Wingman Pleads Guilty To Sex-Trafficking Minor

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Joel Greenberg was led into court by U.S. Marshals and appeared in a dark colored jail jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists and ankles and flanked by two attorneys. He spoke succinctly during the hearing, responding with one or two words to questions from a magistrate judge. In all, Greenberg faced 33 federal charges. But prosecutors will …

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Gaetz Ridicules “Naughty” Allegations Against Him

NBC News reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican mired in controversy, told a crowd of Republican activists Saturday that sexual misconduct allegations involving him are as benign as legislative earmarks. “I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors,” Gaetz said at the Ohio Political Summit, a gathering sponsored by the Strongsville GOP in suburban Cleveland. “Yet, Congress …

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Crony’s Letter Claims Gaetz Paid For Sex With Minor

The Daily Beast reports: A confession letter written by Joel Greenberg in the final months of the Trump presidency claims that he and close associate Rep. Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women — as well as a girl who was 17 at the time. “On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several …

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Second Gaetz Witness May Be Cooperating With Feds

Politico reports: Matt Gaetz’s former girlfriend has told friends she’s worried that the woman who is key to the federal government’s sex-crimes investigation tried to get her to incriminate the Florida lawmaker on a recorded call. The revelation raises the possibility that federal prosecutors have two top cooperating witnesses: the woman who was an alleged sex-trafficking victim when she was …

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Venmo Notations In Gaetz Case: “Ass” And “Salad”

The Daily Beast reports: In the Venmo transactions reviewed by The Daily Beast, there are at least 16 payments in 2017 totaling nearly $5,000 to a woman who would later go on to date Matt Gaetz. Additionally, Greenberg paid her $1,500 over the course of two days in April 2017 using Cash App. That woman—who came to Washington, D.C. as …

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Politico: Feds Seized Matt Gaetz’s iPhone In December

Politico reports: 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 …

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NYT: Jailed Gaetz Crony Has Been Spilling The Dirt

The New York Times reports: A former local official in Florida indicted in the Justice Department investigation that is also focused on Representative Matt Gaetz has been providing investigators with information since last year about an array of topics, including Mr. Gaetz’s activities, according to two people briefed on the matter. Joel Greenberg, a onetime county tax collector, disclosed to …

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Gaetz Denies That Trump Refused To Meet With Him

Fox News reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R.-Fla., who has vowed to fight allegations of sexual misconduct against him, took to Twitter late Sunday to challenge a CNN report that he was denied a meeting with former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. “This is a total lie. I am on a pre-planned vacation with my fiancée. I was welcomed at Trump Doral …

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John Boehner: Gaetz Should Resign If He Gets Indicted

USA Today reports: Former House Speaker John Boehner, once the nation’s highest-ranking Republican, told USA TODAY that embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz should resign if he is indicted. If the Florida congressman refuses, Boehner said, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy should move to expel him from the House. “When a member gets in trouble, it splashes back on all the members,” …

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SNL Takes On Latest Matt Gaetz Revelations [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: For the second week and row, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was target No. 1 on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” And this time, anchor Colin Jost didn’t even bother to acknowledge how much he looks like the scandal-plagued congressman. “Well, our favorite Florida congressman, Matt Gaetz, is back in the news, but this time it’s good!” …

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Defiant Gaetz Speaks To Cultists At FL Trump Resort

“Let me assure you, I have not yet begun to fight for the country I love and for the nation that I know benefits from America First principles. “I’m built for the battle and I’m not going anywhere. I won’t be intimidated by a lying media. “‘We have your back.’ That is the sentiment I have heard from thousands of …

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Another Gaetz Aide Quits: This Place Is Like TMZ

The New York Times reports: A second senior aide to Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, abruptly quit in recent days as the congressman tries to fend off a Justice Department sex trafficking investigation and mounting public scrutiny, according to three people familiar with the decision. The aide, Devin Murphy, resigned as Mr. Gaetz’s legislative director on Friday. He told …

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Cultist Group Threatens To Sue Over Gaetz Reporting

Politico reports: A boutique conservative consultancy group working on behalf of Rep. Matt Gaetz is threatening to sue journalists for their coverage of the embattled congressman. The entity, Logan Circle Group, is run by Harlan Hill, a former Democrat who became a top Trump surrogate during the 2016 presidential election. The official behind the recent legal threats is Erin Elmore, …

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Matt Gaetz Hires Cultist Criminal Defense Lawyer

Law & Crime reports: One day after his friend Joel Greenberg’s lawyer signaled a potential cooperation agreement could put the congressman in jeopardy, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has revealed hiring high-powered criminal defense counsel: attorneys Mark Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner. The son of a former federal judge and ex-U.S. attorney general, Mukasey is deeply tied to former President Donald Trump. …

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