Representative Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend expected to testify before grand jury in Orlando

An ex-girlfriend of Representative Matt Gaetz was expected to testify Wednesday before a federal grand jury in Orlando, two sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News.

Gaetz has been under investigation to determine if he violated sex trafficking laws and obstructed justice in that probe. Gaetz previously denied any wrongdoing and stated that he never paid for or had sex in public with an underage girl.

Two sources tell CBS News that Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend has been working with federal prosecutors to negotiate an immunity agreement. She could potentially be a key witness in the both the sex trafficking and obstruction of justice investigations.

CBS News confirmed that the ex-girlfriend and her lawyer had left the courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

Tim Jansen was a lawyer representing the ex-girlfriend. He declined to comment. The Department of Justice did not comment.

Isabelle Kirshner, an attorney for Gaetz, told CBS News in a statement that “we have seen no credible basis for a charge against Congressman Gaetz. We will continue to stand firm in our resolve to contest any allegation with facts and the law. “

News of the ex-girlfriend’s expected testimony was first reported by CNN.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., allies of former President Donald Trump, talk to reporters on January 6, 2022. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

One of the sources said that as part of the obstruction probe, investigators are looking into whether Gaetz had a phone call with two women, one of whom was already a witness in the federal investigation. According to a source, one of the women on the phone call was Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend.

The obstruction inquiry and alleged phone call were first reported by Politico.

Multiple sources say both the witness and the ex-girlfriend traveled with Gaetz to the Bahamas in September 2018. Investigators want to find out if any of the victims were trafficked from one state or another for the purpose of having sex with Congressman.

A third woman was also on the trip who was 18 years old at that time, but according to sources, she was introduced to Gaetz when she was 17. Federal investigators are looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with her when she was 17.

CBS News is not naming the 17-year-old because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime.

Two sources familiar with the matter told CBS News it was Joel Greenberg, a former Florida county tax collector and associate of Gaetz’s, who introduced Gaetz to that woman when she was 17 years old. Greenberg pleaded guilty in May 2021 to six federal charges, including trafficking of a minor.

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