Judge grants sentence delay for cooperating Gaetz associate

A federal judge agreed Wednesday to delay the sentencing of a key associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida so he can keep cooperating in a broader sex trafficking investigation. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell rescheduled for Nov. 18 the sentencing date for Joel Greenberg. He had been set for sentencing Aug. 19. Greenberg pleaded […]

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Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend cooperating with federal sex trafficking investigation

The ex-girlfriend of embattled Florida Representative Matt Gaetz will cooperate with federal authorities investigating alleged sex trafficking by Gaetz, according to people familiar with the matter. The woman, a former Capitol Hill staffer, is seen as a critical witness, as she has been linked to Gaetz as far back as the summer of 2017, a period of […]

Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz, appeared in federal court in Orlando. He pleaded guilty […]

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Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday. Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to six federal charges […]

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Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case

A key figure in the federal investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week. Joel Greenberg will appear Monday in federal court in Orlando for a change of plea hearing, according to court documents. He had been working for weeks toward a deal with federal prosecutors who […]

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Gaetz friend was lightning rod for controversy in Florida

It all started with a hunch by a central Florida prep school teacher about who had launched a politically motivated smear campaign against him, falsely alleging he was racist and in a sexual relationship with a high school student. Investigators say fingerprints on an envelope used in the smear campaign against Brian Beute led them […]

New conservative group would save ‘Anglo-Saxon’ traditions

Hard-right House Republicans on Friday were discussing forming an America First Caucus, which one document described as championing “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warning that mass immigration was putting the “unique identity” of the U.S. at risk. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the paper, which was first reported by Punchbowl News, a news outlet […]

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‘New strategy’: Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

The mere whiff of a scandal once unraveled political careers with stunning speed. Not anymore. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and sent fundraising appeals that portray him as a victim of a “smear campaign.” He’s expected to make a high-profile […]

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Gaetz hires prominent New York lawyers amid federal probe

Rep. Matt Gaetz is retaining two prominent New York attorneys as he faces a Justice Department investigation into sex trafficking allegations involving underage girls. Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner will lead the Florida Republican’s legal team, a Gaetz spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Matt has always been a fighter. A fighter for his constituents, […]

Republicans flock to Florida for donor retreat headlined by Trump

Republican leaders and donors are descending on Palm Beach this weekend for a private donor retreat headlined by former President Trump. Despite Trump’s electoral loss, and his role in inspiring a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol just three months ago, the former president remains a central figure in Republican politics, and the weekend’s events […]