Matt Gaetz is unlikely to be charged in sex trafficking investigation, report says


Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman under investigation for sex trafficking as part of a long-term Justice Department investigation, is reportedly unlikely to be charged because appeals attorneys believe they are unlikely to get a conviction.

According to The Washington Post, senior officials have not yet decided whether to seek charges against the GOP representative, but prosecutors recommend not doing so because of “credibility issues with the two central witnesses.”

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The After reported that “people familiar with the case” say it is possible that “additional evidence” could change the “understanding of the case”, but as of now, it is unlikely that Mr Gaetz will ever face charges.

The two-year investigation opened during the Trump administration and stems from allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl who allegedly had been paid to have sex with the congressman. Prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether a former friend and political ally of Mr Gaetz’s disgraced Florida politician Joel Greenberg, obtained and shared sexual partners with Mr Gaetz.

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The 40-year-old member of the House, who represents a heavily Republican district in the Florida Panhandle, has repeatedly denied doing anything, but has reportedly sought a presidential pardon from then-President Donald Trump before his term expires in January 2020.


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