Matt Gaetz scandal: Ex-girlfriend testifies in sex crimes probe amid possible immunity deal

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Rep. Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, R-Fla., testified before a federal grand jury in downtown Orlando on Wednesday, according to NBC News.

Gaetz is reportedly being investigated for obstructing justice, sex trafficking a 17-year-old and violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of women and girls across state lines at immoral purposes.

Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend could be crucial to the prosecution’s case because of her relationship with the congressman from 2017 to 2018 and a recorded phone call. Gaetz reportedly had an open relationship with his ex-girlfriend, who traveled with him and others, including young women, to the Bahamas.

After the Justice Department launched an investigation, reports surfaced of a taped phone conversation involving Gaetz, Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend and a witness to the investigation.

During the conversation, Gaetz is suspected of obstruction of justice. Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend reportedly negotiated an immunity deal with prosecutors that would allow her to avoid obstruction of justice charges.

As part of the deal, the woman would testify in the investigation to provide information that Gaetz paid a 17-year-old girl for sex in 2017 and violated federal law by paying prostitutes in a other country.

Tim Jansen, the attorney for Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, is used to getting immunity deals. Jansen previously secured an immunity deal for a man who admitted to killing someone.

Gaetz became publicly involved in the scandal after his former associate Joel Greenberg allegedly cooperated with prosecutors in the sex crimes investigation. Greenberg agreed in May to plead guilty to six counts, which included wire fraud, sex trafficking of a minor, harassment, identity theft and conspiracy to bribe a public official.

Gaetz’s lawyer, Isabelle Kirshner, denied the possible crimes alleged against her client.

“We saw no credible basis for an accusation against Congressman Gaetz. We remain firm in our commitment to challenge any allegations with the facts and the law,” Kirshner said in a statement to The Hill.

Gaetz has not been charged with a crime. He has previously denied having sex with a minor as an adult and called the investigation a “witch hunt”.

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