Washington-Friday’s House Ethics Commission has investigated Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and said he would end the week suffering from Congressman scandals.
The day before, a lawyer representing Gates’s associates in fraud and sexual trafficking cases hinted that Congressmen could face serious legal problems.
“I’m sure Matt Gaetz doesn’t feel very comfortable today,” Fritz Scheller said. Said Outside the federal court in Orlando, Florida, he and a federal prosecutor Agreed to negotiate a judicial transaction..
Gates, a Republican fire brand and a stubborn defender of former President Donald Trump, has been controversial since the New York Times. report The Department of Justice is investigating whether he has a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old child and is paying her to travel across state boundaries. This violates federal sex trafficking law.
According to legal experts, the possibility of a judicial deal with Scheller’s client, former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, tells Greenberg about the illegal activity that two men may have been involved in the prosecutor’s office. Full cooperation by telling them everything they are doing could put Gates at greater legal risk.
The Justice Department’s investigation into Gates is part of a broader investigation into Greenberg, and investigators are investigating whether two men were involved in recruiting women online for sex. Masu, Times report..
A person familiar with the matter told USA TODAY that former Attorney General William Barr was briefed on Gates’ investigation last year. Sources not authorized to comment on the pending investigation said federal officials had begun a full investigation at the time.
Greenberg, accused of trafficking underage, faces long-term imprisonment and must fully cooperate if he seeks a more generous punishment.
“You’re on or off the bus. We can’t help a bit,” said former federal prosecutor Patrick Cotter, adding that Scheller’s comment to the reporter was said.
“What I can say with confidence is that if Greenberg agrees to work together, it will almost certainly be very bad for Gates’ legal position,” Cotter said.
Gates, who has not been charged with the crime, denied the allegations.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Scheller did not return the call for comment.
Most federal criminal cases have been resolved by plea bargaining, and defendants facing years of punishment have a strong incentive to work with prosecutors.
In the case of Greensburg, it is not uncommon to provide prosecutors with evidence that implies Gates in exchange for commutation, said Bruce Udolf, a criminal defense counsel and former federal and state prosecutor.
According to court records, the parties must reach a judicial transaction by May 15. If the parties disagree with the terms, Scheller will be brought to trial in July.
Greensburg, who was charged last summer, has been stalking political opponents who are also employees of a Florida school. According to court records, he repeatedly harassed employees by sending anonymous letters to the school claiming that they had a sexual relationship with their students. Greensburg also set up a fake Twitter account in the name of the employee, describing the employee as a separatist and a white supremacist, court records said.
When news was reported about the possibility of Greenberg’s judicial transaction, Gates’ office issued a statement from a female staff member defending parliamentarians.
“Parliamentarian Gates has always been a principled and morally grounded leader. None of us have experienced or witnessed anything other than the highest professionalism and respect. Inappropriate signs There is no. There is no ounce of dishonesty, “the statement said. The name of the staff is not listed.
Contribution: Kevin Johnson
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