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Matt Gaetz’s Longtime Associate Reportedly Finalizing Plea Deal With Prosecutors: Report

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The legal pressure is reached a boiling point for embattled GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday after it was revealed that a longtime associate of his was “likely” to strike a plea deal with prosecutors in the sex trafficking investigation involving the Florida lawmaker.

Attorneys representing Joel Greenberg told a federal judge in Florida that they expect to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors, which suggests that Greenberg could be offering incriminating evidence against Gaetz in exchange for a lighter sentence, CNN reports.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Gaetz is being investigated by federal law enforcement officials on potential sex trafficking charges involving a 17-year-old girl, and multiple stories about the Florida congressman’s scandalous behavior.

The scandal kept growing as reports have emerged that Gaetz allegedly shared nude photos and videos of women he slept with to impress his colleagues in Congress; that investigators have uncovered ties between Gaetz and a fake ID scheme; and even for potentially paying for sex with women using the Apple Pay mobile payment platform.