The investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz reportedly centers on a trip to the Bahamas where the politician partied with escorts.
According to CBS News, federal investigators are looking into a trip Gaetz took in late 2018 or early 2019. The Florida Republican was on a trip with a marijuana entrepreneur named Jason Pirozzolo.
A source told the outlet, Pirozzolo reportedly paid for “travel expenses accommodations, and female escorts.” The investigators are trying to determine if the escorts were illegally trafficked across state lines for the purpose of having sex with Gaetz.
As Radar previously reported, Gaetz is being accused of sleeping with a 17-year-old. The probe started after officials began looking into Florida county tax collector, Joel Greenberg.
The Department of Justice is reportedly looking into whether Greenberg and others paid women for sex.
The New York Times obtained receipts from Cash App and Apple Pay that show payments “from Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg to one of the women, and a payment from Mr. Greenberg to a second woman.”
Sources say the women who received the payments told their friends the money Gaetz sent them on Cash App was for sex. The outlet also reviewed messages that show Gaetz asking the women to meet him at various hotels around Florida.
Another source revealed, “Some of the men and women took ecstasy, an illegal mood-altering drug, before having sex, including Mr. Gaetz.”
Gaetz’s spokesperson released a statement denying the new accusations. It read, "Rep. Gaetz has never paid for sex, nor has he had sex with an underage girl. What began with blaring headlines about 'sex trafficking' has now turned into a general fishing exercise about vacations and consensual relationships with adults. Yesterday, we even learned of some nonsense 'pardon' story that turned out to be false, and today it's just more euphemism. It's interesting to watch the Washington wheels grinding so hard every time one of their falsehoods gets knocked down."
Despite the scandal, Gaetz was asked to be a speaker at a women's event. The Pro-Trump organizer says they are standing by Gaetz.