Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz may be in serious trouble.
Yesterday, a former girlfriend of Gaetz testified before a federal grand jury investigating him for alleged sex crimes.
Reporters first spotted the woman and her attorney entering a federal courthouse in Orlando.
Prosecutors consider Gaetz’s ex, a former congressional staffer he met in 2017, a key witness.
She is reportedly in talks for an immunity deal.
NBC News’ Marc Caputo has more:
The ex-girlfriend, whose name is being withheld by NBC News to respect her privacy, has been in talks for months with prosecutors about an immunity deal. Under a possible deal, she would avoid prosecution for obstruction of justice in return for testifying in the investigation into whether Gaetz in 2017 had sex with a 17-year-old female for money and whether months later he and others violated a federal law prohibiting people from transporting others across state lines to engage in prostitution.
Legal sources familiar with the case say Gaetz is being investigated for three distinct crimes: sex trafficking the 17-year-old; violating the Mann Act, which prohibits taking women across state lines for prostitution; and obstructing justice.
Gaetz has not been charged with a crime and maintains his innocence. Neither Gaetz nor the Department of Justice has responded to requests for comment.
The investigation into Gaetz has lasted for more than a year and began when a former friend and ally of his, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, was charged with a host of crimes — from falsely smearing a political rival as being a pedophile to cheating taxpayers in a cryptocurrency scheme to sex-trafficking the same 17-year-old in the Gaetz investigation.
Greenberg has agreed to plead guilty to six of the charges against him and is cooperating with federal investigators, NBC News has previously reported.
At this hour, top Democrats are calling for Gaetz’s removal from the House Judiciary Committee. (RELATED: Here Are 15 Crimes Biden’s New US Attorney Won’t Prosecute)
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