Washington – Congressman Matt Gaetz Publish federal investigation against him According to legal experts, if his claim is true, he can complicate the final prosecution, and if false, it can be used to undermine his credibility. Because there is.
Republicans, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump and a fire brand against the Democrats in Congress, announced on Tuesday that he was under investigation.But he said in an interview with Twitter and Fox News he was a victim Blackmail plot and rejected As claimed in the first reported survey, having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl or paying for sex to a woman New York Times..
Former Attorney General William Barr was briefed on the investigation last year, a person familiar with the matter told USA Today. Sources not authorized to comment on the pending investigation said federal officials had begun a full investigation at the time.
The Justice Department declined to comment. Gates has not been charged with a crime.
While more common for politicians as a way to counter public opinion court accusations, it is generally rare to deny a claim before being prosecuted. Gates provided full coverage when the allegations were filed on Tuesday, confirmed the investigation, and provided printed and television interviews to facilitate allegations of blackmail. Although his public appearance declined later in the week, he continued to declare innocence and focused on news articles about probes on Twitter.
Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who opened his own business in Chicago, called Gates’ comment a “tremendous gift” to investigators.
“The reason good lawyers don’t let clients talk to the people investigating them is because it’s so dangerous,” Cotter said. “Even if you are completely innocent of the actual claim, you either open you up to the claim that you are making false statements to interfere with justice, or otherwise mislead the investigator. May make a statement. “
Dangers range from honest mistakes to lack of a complete understanding of the circumstances essential to the investigation.
“It’s very dangerous because it draws him into a particular story, which may later indicate that he isn’t telling the truth or is honestly wrong,” Cotter said. “It’s legally bad, bad, bad, bad, bad idea.”
Jimmy Gourret, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and a former federal prosecutor, said there was no benefit to the suspect’s public defense. He said the defense lawyer could provide a discussion behind the scenes.
“If Gates is somehow trying to give public opinion in his favor, that seems to be the case, but I think it’s very expensive,” Gourret said. “There are considerable downsides and incredible risks. At this point it is his ego that is driving his actions and I think it is very dangerous.”
Richard Levick, CEO of Levick, who talks about crisis communications, said that legal strategies can conflict with messaging, but this time it’s not.
“The strategy will be as follows. We’re leaving,” said Levic, who holds a law degree. “He is desperately trying to save his career when it is his freedom that he may really want to save.”
A study that began a few months ago during the Trump administration deals with whether Gates paid for a minor girl’s travel expenses to violate federal sex trafficking laws. The investigation is part of a case involving former Seminole County Tax Office Chief Joel Greenberg, who was charged with trafficking a girl between the ages of 14 and 17 in August.
The survey also focuses on the money Gates allegedly paid after recruiting multiple women for sex online. The New York Times reported on Thursday.. Gates denied paying women for sex.
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Gates could be expelled from the judiciary if the allegations were true.
“From what I’ve heard, this will be a problem for the Ethics Commission,” she said.
Republican Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the House minority, called the allegation “serious” and said more information was needed.
“These are serious consequences. If it turns out to be true, yes, then we will remove him.” McCarthy told Fox News.. “But so far Matt Gaetz says it’s not true and we don’t have any information. Let’s get all the information.”
What we know: Rep. Matt Gaetz is under federal investigation
Gates accused the report of working with federal authorities to develop a $ 25 million blackmail program. Gates said his father, Don Gates, said the FBI wore wires to collect evidence and asked for the recording to be released.
“None of the claims to me are true, and those pushing these lies are the targets of ongoing blackmail investigations.” Matt Gaetz said..
Parliamentarian revelation that his father was wearing a wire was another unusual thing for an ongoing criminal investigation, as it could end the flow of evidence.
Bruce Udolf, criminal defense counsel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said: Former federal and state prosecutor.
Investigators are angry with such exposures because the target may be reluctant to speak freely by phone, email, or text, Gourret said.
“Now you have turned the other side over,” Gurulé said. “It will interfere with ongoing investigations and make it more difficult for the FBI.”
Gates did not respond to requests for comment.
Cotter called the revelation the investigator’s “betrayal.” He said there could be mitigation situations, such as the extortion investigation ending without prosecution. But Mr. Cotter said it would still violate the understanding of confidentiality investigations.
“It’s a betrayal of a solid understanding between the prosecutor and Mr. Gates’ father,” Cotter said. “It’s not how it works.”
Greenberg has been charged with child trafficking, stalking, interstate domestic violence and bribery, but Getz’s legal exposure is unclear and has not been charged.
Gates allowed travel and hotel room payments for the woman he dated. However, in an interview on Monday, he denied the 17-year-old girl’s travel expenses by calling them “lie” and “obviously false.” Fox News Tucker Carlson..
“People can look at my travel records and find out that they aren’t,” Gates said.
Gates also said in an interview that his friend Carlson and his wife, who had dinner with him two years ago, were threatened by the FBI. Carlson said he didn’t remember the woman before asking about the 17-year-old girl at the heart of her allegations against Gates.
“The person doesn’t exist,” Gates said. “I had nothing to do with 17 years old. That’s completely wrong.”
Gates’ denial raises a direct conflict with federal authorities as to whether the accusation is true or false.
“It’s hard to believe,” Udolf said. “If there is an investigation, it means that someone has filed a complaint. It is hard to believe that a fictitious person has filed a complaint. It doesn’t make sense.”
The news article was inconsistent with him, as Gates provided an explanation. Gates denied paying women, New York Times Gates and Greenberg said they had confirmed receipts from CashApp, a mobile payment app, and Apple Pay showing payments to one of the women surveyed.
Levic said Gates has no credible story.
“What he’s doing there is that they’re drilling holes in it. All he’s doing is targeting himself more,” Levic said.
Gates also accused former Justice Department officials of participating in the blackmail program. This is a serious accusation that will eventually be ruled.
“It’s a pretty bald accusation. Mr. Udolf said,” If you make such an accusation, you’re very likely to prove it. ” There must be some merit in his claim. “
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Matt Gaetz: MPs may be pursuing dangerous strategies with DOJ probes