Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg working toward plea deal with prosecutors

US Representative Matt Gaetz

US Representative Matt Gaetz

The Ethics Committee said in a press release that it was aware of the public allegations of sexual misconduct against Reed and would gather additional information to determine whether he engaged in conduct that is in violation of House rules or the law.

The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, citing allegations of sexual misconduct and a host of other concerns including illicit drug use and bribery. The committee said the fact that it was investigating the allegations does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.

Matt Gaetz (R) has tapped a former Trump organization lawyer as he faces a sex-trafficking investigation.

He has hired two prominent NY lawyers, Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, to defend him in court. "He's going to fight back against the unfounded allegations against him", the statement said, adding that the lawyers "will take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods". A fighter for his constituents, a fighter for the country, and a fighter for the Constitution. He has said he plans to keep his seat.

The revelation that a political ally of Mr. Gaetz's, Joel Greenberg, is seeking to strike a plea deal with investigators came during a hearing Thursday at federal court in Orlando.

Federal prosecutors are examining whether Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss details publicly.

The judge in Greenberg's case gave both sides until May 15 to negotiate a plea deal in the case.

Greenberg resigned last June after being indicted on multiple charges. It's a significant step in the case and signals that Mr. Greenberg could potentially serve as a witness in the Justice Department's investigation into Mr. Gaetz. He has represented former President Donald Trump's family business, the Trump Organization, in tax-related investigations in NY, and defended Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL whose war crimes case caught Trump's attention.

Defense attorneys Marc Mukasey (L) and Tim Parlatore react outside military court after Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder at Naval Base San Diego July 2, 2019. Reed, a Republican from western NY who was accused in March 2021 of rubbing a female lobbyist's back and unhooking her bra without her consent in 2017, apologized to the woman on Sunday, March 21, 2021, and announced that he will not run for reelection in 2022. Local prosecutors declined to file charges of impersonating an officer.

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