DOJ Will Not Charge Gaetz After Sex Trafficking Investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will not charge Florida Republican Matt Gaetz as a conclusion to its sex-trafficking probe. The investigation was brought by claims alleging Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The DOJ specifically investigated if Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws should he have paid the minor to travel with him. Gaetz has denied the allegations.

From The Hill:

The probe was part of a larger investigation into Gaetz’s ally and former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty in 2021 to six federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a minor, identity theft and wire fraud. 

Greenberg was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December. He agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s investigation as part of his plea agreement. 

But the investigation into Gaetz hit a roadblock over concerns about the credibility of two witnesses, one of whom was Greenberg. Career attorneys reportedly recommended to the DOJ in September that the department not charge Gaetz based on those witness credibility issues.