REPRESENTATIVE Matt Gaetz’s pal Joel Greenberg admitted the congressman paid for sex with an underage girl, according to an alleged confession letter revealed on Thursday.
“On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida’s 1st Congressional District and myself,” Greenberg’s letter read, referring to a sex partner who was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged encounter with Gaetz.
“From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman,” according to the Daily Beast.
Drafts of the letter were reportedly sent to fellow commutation recipient Roger Stone as part of a push to appeal to former President Donald Trump to pardon him, the Daily Beast reported.
Those drafts were verified as authentic by a certified forensic document examiner and handwriting expert, who matched Greenberg’s penmanship to two public records requests.
“The person who authored the forms has been identified as the person who authored the letter,” the handwriting expert, Wendy Carlson, told the Daily Beast.
Greenberg appears to admit that he, Gaetz and others engaged in sexual acts with a minor whom they allegedly thought was 19-years-old.
Gaetz is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice over alleged sexual misconduct and claims he broke sex trafficking laws.
The Florida congressman has not been formally charged and repeatedly denied the accusations while he is facing an inquiry launched by the House Ethics Committee to determine the veracity of other claims against him.
It wasn’t until Sept. 4, 2017, when Greenberg mentions an “anonymous tip” that he found out the sex partner was actually 17, according to the Daily Beast.
Greenberg wrote in one of the handwritten drafts that he “called the congressman and warned him to stay clear of this person and informed him she was underage,” the letter, quoted by the Daily Beast, reads. “[Gaetz] was equally shocked and disturbed by this revelation.”
The young woman was informed about “how many people she put in danger” by allegedly fibbing her age.
Greenberg’s letter suggests she “apologized” for “lying about her age,” according to the quoted letter in the Daily Beast.
The pair apparently kept their distance from the woman until after she officially turned 18.
That’s when Gaetz and Greenberg’s financial transactions to her allegedly restarted.
The letters also point to Gaetz’s relationships with collegiate students whom he paid.
“All of the girls were in college or post college and it was not uncommon for either myself or the Congressman to help anyone [sic] of these girls financially, whether it was a car payment, a flight home to see their family or something as simple as helping pay a speeding ticket,” Greenberg wrote, according to the Daily Beast.
Greenberg charged last June and is facing 33 counts, including stalking a political rival, wire fraud, conspiracy to bribe a public official, defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program and identity theft.
After previously pleading not guilty, Greenberg started cooperating with investigators after he learned of the surmountable evidence piled up against him.
The feds started turning their sights on Gaetz while probing Greenberg, who has close ties to Gaetz and former county tax collector in the Sunshine State.
In a response to the revelation of The Daily Beast's reporting on the existance of the letters Greenberg allegedly composed, a public relations firm hired by Gaetz spoke in his defense.
“Congressman Gaetz has never paid for sex nor has he had sex with a 17 year old as an adult. We are now one month after your outlet and others first reported such lies, and no one has gone on record to directly accuse him of either. Politico, however, has reported Mr. Greenberg threatening to make false accusations against others, which seems noteworthy for your story and in fact sounds like the entirety of your story. Congressman Gaetz has had no role in advocating for or against a pardon for Greenberg and doubts such a pardon was ever even considered.”
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