Gaetzgate - It will take some time. But it appears that Matt G. will be spending a long time in jailThere hasn't been a lot published on the progress of the prosecution of Matt Gaetz for his alleged s*xual crimes.
However, this doesn't mean there hasn't been a lot of progress. Indeed, quite the contrary.
The mass of evidence provided by his crony has been unexpected and requires a lot of follow-up.
From Vanity Fair;
Report: Matt Gaetz Is Screwed Six Ways From Sunday
If you’ve been keeping tabs on the legal drama surrounding Matt Gaetz, you probably noticed that the last month seemingly brought a lull in headlines concerning the Justice Department investigation into whether he paid women for sex and, separately, slept with a minor and transported her across state lines. Some might have taken that pause to mean the Republican congressman was in the clear, and that the only thing he had to worry about was how deeply awkward Thanksgiving with the in-laws would be this year. But unfortunately for the Florida representative, that does not appear to be the case. In fact, multiple developments in the scandal that he has asked us to refer to as “Gaetzgate” suggest the guy should be extremely worried about his future as a free man.
The most worrisome, if one is worried about Gaetz potentially doing a decade in prison, is a report from The New York Times that the Department of Justice has added a pair of top prosecutors to its investigation, “a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the inquiry.” According to Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters Katie Benner and Michael Schmidt, one of the prosecutors is a public corruption investigator who specializes in child exploitation crimes. The other, Todd Gee, is a deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, which is part of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, a department that is “involved in nearly all major criminal investigations into alleged misconduct by federal, state, and local officials.” Among other cases, Gee served as a lead prosecutor on the 2020 conviction of an ex-Navy commander at Guantánamo Bay, who was found guilty of covering up a fight with a commissary worker who was subsequently found dead.
Meanwhile, the addition of the two prosecutors is far from the only thing Gaetz should be soiling himself over at the moment. During a hearing in Orlando federal court on Monday, a judge granted a request for a delay in the sentencing of Gaetz’s former wingman, Joel Greenberg, who has apparently been providing the department with so much dirt that it could use extra time to go through it all. In a hint of just how uniquely horrifying said dirt may be, Roger Handberg, an assistant U.S. attorney, told the judge that Greenberg has made allegations to investigators that “take us to some places we did not anticipate.” Greenberg himself had originally been hit with a whopping 33 charges, but ended up pleading guilty to just six, including sex trafficking of a child, which seemingly suggests prosecutors believe he will be able to prove uniquely helpful to them. Per CNN:
As part of his plea agreement, was required to give “substantial assistance” to investigators as they build out related cases. His lawyer has said that Greenberg has held a series of proffers, or meetings, with the Justice Department. Handberg did not say what investigations Greenberg was providing new information to authorities about, although CNN has reported that Greenberg has told the Justice Department about encounters he and Gaetz had with women who were given cash or gifts in exchange for sex.
According to the Times, Greenberg has told investigators that he saw Gaetz and others have sex with the same 17-year-old he pleaded guilty to sex trafficking. In court on Monday, Handberg called Greenberg a “prolific criminal,” ominously adding, “Mr. Greenberg was not alone.”