According to a report by CNN, Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend has now flipped on him and is cooperating with the Feds in their criminal investigation into whether Gaetz participated in underage sex trafficking and other crimes.
This is a big deal for a few reasons: First, it gives the Feds an additional cooperating witness on top of Joel Greenberg, who earlier this week formally cut a cooperating plea deal of his own. The Feds apparently considered the ex-girlfriend a critical witness, as she has been linked to Gaetz as far back as the summer of 2017, a period of time that has emerged as a key window of scrutiny for investigators.
Second, news of the woman’s willingness to talk, which has not been previously reported, comes just days after the Justice Department formally entered into a plea agreement with Joel Greenberg, a one-time close friend of Gaetz whose entanglement with young women first drew the congressman onto investigators’ radar.
As noted by CNN, Greenberg told investigators that Gaetz and at least two other men had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl.
There’s more: Earlier this year Matt Gaetz went on the air and claimed that he and his ex-girlfriend had dinner with Tucker Carlson and his wife, causing Carlson to panic and claim he had no idea what was going on. By all accounts, this same ex-girlfriend is the one who just flipped on Gaetz. So whatever she knows about that dinner with Gaetz and Carlson, the Feds are about to know all about it.
While charges against Gaetz have yet to be filed, the decision to indict the Florida lawmaker could come soon if the Justice Department considers whether there’s sufficient evidence for an indictment.