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Strange friendship that might beat Matt Gaetz

Alex Won / Getty Rep. Matt Gaetz is in the midst of a fall from the ugliest political grace of decades. But on a small and not public scale, Gates’ plunge largely reflects one of his closest allies, Joel Greenberg, who may have kickstarted his downfall. I will. Gates, Florida Republican, and Greenberg are friends. Until recently, both were wealthy players in the wave of new trampists washing the Republicans in Florida. Both were the sons of a successful father and made his name known throughout the state. Both hang out in the same circle, defending the same libertarian cause, and throwing themselves into the same Florida Republican icons, such as Governor Ron DeSantis and political activist Roger Stone. According to The New York Times, they recruited young women and paid for sex. These text messages directed the federal government to Matt Gaetz. As The Daily Beast reported on Friday, it was a text message about an overtime trip to Gates and Greenberg’s government agencies. He warned investigators that lawmakers were involved in the alleged crime and eventually led to what he determined was the criminal’s sex ring. But before Joel Greenberg was charged with sexual trafficking and turned his attention to Gates, Greenberg was a quirky tax collector with a political future. Like Gates, Greenberg is the son of a wealthy local businessman. Dr. Andrew Greenberg co-founded a dental company with 92 offices throughout the state. Joel, who holds a stake in the company, founded his own advertising agency, DG3. For some time, he also hosted a sports-themed talk radio show, The Joel Greenberg Show, at WRSO 810AM. He sold his advertising company in 2015 and ran for a tax collector in Seminole County the following year, beating the 78-year-old who had been in office since 1988. Immediately after taking office, Greenberg took strange steps against what should have been low. Profile and boring work. He moved the agency from the rent-free government agency. He hired a friend. He handed out suspicious contracts to his longtime colleagues. He used the tax collector’s “badge” to disguise himself as a law enforcement agency and pull the speeder. He even tried to get some tax officials to carry the gun, but it was another type of abuse of power that eventually roped his friend Matt Gaetz. According to the investigator, the ID. Gates was with him when the pair was caught in a surveillance footage of a visit to the Lake Mary branch of the tax office on the weekend of April 2018, according to some people aware of the incident. Handouts When asked by an employee if he visited the office on the weekend, Greenberg replied in the text: An image of a text message obtained by The Daily Beast shows that Greenberg further involved parliamentarians in September of that year with personal favor. At that time, he went out of the official protocol and instructed Gates to quickly create a duplicate ID on Sunday afternoon. “Amy-Is there a way to help one of the MPs get an emergency exchange ID or DL ​​by 2:00 pm on Tuesday? He went missing yesterday and boarded the plane on Tuesday now. He doesn’t have any other form of ID. Greenberg apologizes for the inconvenience caused on Sunday. ” I liked my friend Matthew Lewis Gates II, who was born on May 7, 1982. These text messages arrived in Florida, the United States Secret Service, in early 2020. Law enforcement agencies, and more recently another federal agency, according to sources who know the agent’s request. A few years before these incidents, Gates and Greenberg publicly demonstrated a bond that referred to similar ideas, interests, and friendships. Gates, the son of the former president of the Florida Senate, climbed to the top of Florida’s politics at an early age. But he created a sex game, even among Republicans, called “Florida legislatures got’points’ by sleeping with aides, internships, lobbyists, and married lawmakers.” It got an unpleasant reputation. Gates frequently went in and out of restaurants popular with local college students to welcome undergraduates, according to sources in Tallahassee. Republicans have been waiting for Matt Gaetz’s scandal to learn about Blake Greenberg’s personal history. It’s unclear when the friendship with Gates began, but by July 8, 2017, the two had each shared a photo of Roger Stone and dinner. Gates repeatedly called Greenberg his friend, whether he supported the tax collector’s idea of ​​accepting Bitcoin. Greenberg had told BuzzFeed News that Gates was his political leader by 2018. This is a completely reposted article by Gates on the official Congressional website. That year, they visited the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and took a selfie with a 21-year-old woman who was involved in the Florida Governor’s campaign for Ron DeSantis. In 2019, I shared my photo with Dowers at the White House. , Gates considers himself a “legislative mentor”. It’s great to catch up with @mattgaetz and @karis_lockhart during # AIPAC2018. pic.twitter.com/TNdMpDu3Ln— Joel Greenberg (@JoelGreenbergTC) March 7, 2018 They both promoted the legalization of marijuana. In January 2019, Gates shared a video on Twitter with Orlando lawyers Greenberg and John Morgan, who call themselves “Pot Daddy.” Greenberg was an avid cannabis user and often carried a marijuana arc pen with him, and the three who saw him said he was using it with a tax office, a party at work, or with friends. And, according to one of those sources, he has become a reliable figure for breathing cannabis vapor in Gates. They were close enough to interact with their families. A video posted on YouTube shows Gates hugging Greenberg’s newborn daughter. Greenberg’s wife, Abbey, shared another Facebook photo of Gates hugging a child in front of the White House and surrounded by smiling President Donald Trump. This week, Florida Congressman Anna V. Escamani, a Democrat, told The Daily Beast about her strange interaction between Greenberg and Gates. They approached her personally, sometimes together. “Matt Gaetz too. I don’t have his number. I’m not engaged to him. He tried to get involved with me on Twitter. She’s reminiscent of Greenberg’s partyboy past. He and Gaetz said in 2019 they teamed up with what she called a “strange” voicemail. The Daily Beast released on Friday. An eerie and disturbing incident that trapped Matt Gaetz “We were talking about you and about your wonderful qualities,” Greenberg said in a message, followed by Gaetz’s comment: .. On May 4, 2018, Gates used Twitter to plug in a new Greenberg policy innovation. “Do you pay your taxes in cryptocurrency? @MrJoelGreenberg says” yes “,” writes Gates, who is now a member of the House blockchain Caucus. According to a Seminole County audit last year, Greenberg had poured about $ 66,000 in taxpayer funds into its company, Government Blockchain Systems LLC. When the auditor asked him about the company, Greenberg told them he was developing a new way to accept “cryptocurrencies as payments” for taxes. The innovation resurfaced this week in the form of new federal rates. Prosecutors claim that Greenberg stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Seminole County taxpayers and sank them into cryptocurrencies. Billionaire Greenberg also rushed to bid for the fateful 2020 reelection, spending about $ 240,000 in Bitcoin. Greenberg has never financially supported Gates’ federal campaign efforts, but Greenberg’s parents helped Gates and made the most of him in the 2018 Republican primary. A year later, on June 9, 2020, Gates returned support and reached the limit of Greenberg’s reelection. Two weeks later, Greenberg was first charged with stalking a Republican political opponent. It was. From wire fraud to sexual trafficking, Greenberg claims to have recruited at least one teenager between the ages of 14 and 17 to engage in “commercial sexual activity” in central Florida and elsewhere in 2017. On the list of various crimes. Gates is back. The New York Times also revealed on Tuesday that federal agents are also investigating whether Gates violates sexual trafficking laws in relation to an unnamed 17-year-old girl. Teens are said to be the same victims at the heart of the accusations against Greenberg. Follow-up reports from various outlets claim that Getz shared a naked photo of his sexual partner on the house floor, enticing a minor woman to have sex with his friend, and tapped it. Increasingly use ATMs, Apple Pay, and Cash App to pay for sex, leaving traces of receipts. Some of the men and women involved reportedly took ecstasy for the encounter. Gates’ reputation in Congress did not help him refute these claims. It is well known that Gates tends to date young women, often in their early twenties, and had a long-term relationship with a parliamentary intern just over the age of 21. CNN reported Thursday that he was known for sharing nude photos of sexual partners. He talked to other lawmakers on the house floor and talked about having sex with them. Trump hasn’t come to rescue Matt Gates-Now Lawmakers has been rumoring about his drinking and drug use for years, his office often smells like weeds, and he in Congress. It is speculated that the weight loss of the narcotics is due to cocaine. And the hostile relationship with his colleagues, especially the Republicans who thought they didn’t fully support Trump, persisted for him, despite Gates’ allegations about the blackmail plan, and of a negative story. He sacrificed him in search of an ally who was willing to refute the constant flow Gates’ first reaction, he was the victim of a “organized and criminal blackmail” program with geopolitical implications. That was adding a strange new dimension to the whole story. According to Gates, a complex work that states that former DOJ prosecutor, serial fraudster, and Gates wore wires at the direction of the FBI to eradicate crime created documents from his alleged robbery. did. If Gates lent them $ 25 million to help capture Jewish-American hostages in Iran, DOJ would stop the sex crime investigation. Hostage Bob Levinson was sentenced to death by the US government last year. Caught up with @ mattgaetz and @RogerJStoneJr pic.twitter.com/46SjAsiL42— Joel Greenberg (@JoelGreenbergTC) July 9, 2017 Pressure campaign revelations to convince Republicans in Washington to rally to Gates’ defense I did almost nothing. His spokesman quit Friday. His political idol, Trump, remained a mother, as is the majority of his fellow Republicans. “I was 17 when I last had a sexual relationship with 17,” Gates told The Daily Beast earlier in the week, one of his strange and specific denials of accusations against him. “As for leeches, I know I have many enemies and a few friends. My support is usually outside Washington, DC and there is no other way.” See The Daily Beast for more details. Please give me. Do you have any hints? Send it to The Daily Beast here. Put your top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.