Prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice have recommended that Rep. Matt Gaetz not be charged in connection with a sex trafficking investigation, sources familiar with the case said Washington Post. According to the paper, federal prosecutors involved in the investigation have told their Justice Department superiors that they are concerned about the credibility of two key witnesses.
According to that Post, Investigators — beginning in late 2020 during the Trump administration — “set out to determine whether the congressman paid for sex in violation of federal sex trafficking laws and have investigated his dealings [a] 17-year-old at the time.”
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing, claiming he never “paid for sex” and never dealt with minors. Earlier this year, during testimony before the committee Jan. 6, a former Trump aide claimed that Gaetz sought a pre-emptive pardon from Donald Trump, whom Gaetz has been vocal in supporting over the years.
According to that postthe two witnesses in question are Gaetz’s former boyfriend and ex-tax collector Joel Greenberg and the then-underage girl. Last year, Greenberg pleaded guilty to child trafficking and other criminal charges. Legal experts said that establishing Greenberg’s credibility would be an uphill battle for prosecutors, in part because Greenberg previously admitted to fabricating similar allegations against a political opponent.
Senior DOJ officials have not yet made a final decision on whether or not to charge Gaetz. But as the post notes that they are unlikely to overrule the prosecutors assigned to the case.