The federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz & trafficking goes beyond Florida

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I’m just telling you guys right now that at some point, the Florida shenanigans are going to be too much for me and I’m going to end up tapping out of this completely bonkers Matt Gaetz story. That’s not happening today, but if it continues to be this insane, I will totally start ignoring it because holy sh-t, I have such a low tolerance for this kind of tomfoolery. As we discussed, Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation for trafficking a 17-year-old girl across state lines and putting her up in a hotel so he could abuse her. In his media blitz following the news, Gaetz tried to take down Tucker Carlson and claim that he and this 17-year-old girlfriend (??) went to dinner with Tucker and Tucker’s wife and Tucker was like “the f–k you say?” Reportedly, Gaetz’s “taking everybody down with him” vibe has “pissed off” Carlson. LOL. But that brings up a larger point, which is that it honestly looks like Gaetz has been trafficking teenagers for a while, and the investigation – which began during the Trump administration – is more far-reaching than we originally thought:

The federal investigation into Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is focused on allegations that the junior congressman had a sexual relationship with at least one minor, and is scrutinizing the Republican’s conduct not only in Florida but outside the politician’s home state too, three sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News.

The investigation, first reported by the New York Times Tuesday and confirmed by ABC News, has sent shockwaves through Republican circles, particularly among close associates of former President Donald Trump, who considered Gaetz a staunch ally and loyal friend.

“I have not had a relationship with a 17-year-old. That is totally false,” Gaetz told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in an interview Tuesday night. “That is false and records will bear that out to be false.”

Sources told ABC News the investigation has been going on for months and began during the Trump administration. Former Attorney General Bill Barr was briefed on the investigation’s progress several times, the sources said. One source told ABC News that federal authorities have already interviewed multiple witnesses as part of their probe.

Gaetz has reportedly told confidants he is considering retiring from Congress and possibly joining the right-wing media outlet Newsmax, according to an Axios report earlier Tuesday. Yet within the last several weeks Gaetz started reaching out to prominent attorneys, according to one source. The source said that one of the attorneys Gaetz asked to represent him was Washington attorney Bill Burck, who represented Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Don McGahn during the Mueller probe. Burck turned down the case, according to a person familiar with the decision.

[From ABC News]

Talk to Nestor too. Include all of the Nestor stuff in the investigation too. Because Gaetz is still “living” with a very young Cuban immigrant named Nestor and Gaetz refers to Nestor as his “son” and it’s shady as hell. But I also believe Gaetz has been trafficking teenage girls for a while, and I believe that’s what the investigation will reveal too. As for Gaetz’s claim that there’s some kind of extortion scheme against him and his father, here’s one small part of that:

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican known for his fierce allegiance to former president Donald Trump, had been under Justice Department investigation for months for a possible sex crime when two men approached his father with a proposal, people familiar with the matter said. The men had learned of the investigation, they wrote to Don Gaetz, and wanted to offer an opportunity to help his son, the people said. He could give a huge sum of money to fund their effort to locate Robert A. Levinson — the longest-held American hostage in Iran, whose family has said they were told he is dead. If the operation were a success, he would win public favor and help alleviate Matt Gaetz’s legal woes.

But Don Gaetz, a prominent Florida Republican who once led the state Senate, viewed the communication suspiciously, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe a continuing and politically sensitive probe. The investigation into Matt Gaetz’s alleged crime — he is suspected of having sex with a 17-year-old girl, as well as funding her travel — was not public knowledge. Fearing his family was being extorted, Don Gaetz contacted the FBI.

The messy political drama has in some ways diverted attention from a grim reality for the congressman. He remains under investigation for possible sex crimes, leaving him vulnerable to potentially serious legal jeopardy.

The men who approached Don Gaetz, people familiar with the matter said, had no apparent connection to the sex-crimes investigation of his son, other than having somehow learned about it before it was publicly reported. But when news of law enforcement’s interest in Gaetz surfaced Tuesday, the congressman asserted that the allegation was “rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million,” and he identified by name a former federal prosecutor who he said was part of the effort.

While the Justice Department investigates Gaetz, the FBI is separately examining whether the request to his father about Levinson might constitute extortion, with Gaetz and his family as possible victims. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

[From WaPo]

OK. So… there was some kind of extortion scheme but it sounds separate from the legitimate investigation into Gaetz’s trafficking and abuse of children. Florida politics, man. This is like “tell me you’re from Florida without saying you’re from Florida.” “Well, the congressman is under investigation for trafficking and abusing teenagers but his powerful Republican father is also the victim of a strange blackmail scheme involving a dead hostage in Iran.”

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  1. Seraphina says:

    Did he call the 17 year old his “GIRLfriend” or “WOMANfriend”? Because in the interview he clearly stated the 17 year old minor was a woman. And I am being silly but this is the stupidity we are dealing with at this level – which does not surprise me given the state of politics since 2016.
    I sincere wish and hope is that all these people are held accountable. From the Trump Klan to this guy – and let it reach across the pond to Prince Andrew. We have young kids being thrown in jail for weed and yet we have ELECTED officials pulling this shit. What a crazy upside down world we live in.

    • Lizzie says:

      THe dm today is calling her an underage prostitute. Same line that Epstein used.

      • Seraphina says:

        Lizzie, they think no matter how much frosting you put on crap, it will hide the fact it’s crap.

      • Chanteloup says:

        THIS. A 17-year old is NOT a woman you douchebag pedophile Matt
        and a child is NOT a prostitute but a victim

      • StormsMama says:

        Just came to inject that you can’t be an underage prostitute. Right? I mean we all agree here that if you’re underage and therefore unable to consent to sex with adults you are also unable to consent to selling your body sexually for money.

        Call the underage girl a VICTIM, an EXPLOITED ABUSED VIOLATED MINOR.

      • Darla says:

        OMG really? What is WRONG with these people!

    • Sandra says:

      And he’s called Nestor his special helper. Which is something you call your 5 year old child when they help you bake cookies. Not a teenager who is not your son but lives with you under unclear circumstances.

    • Busybody says:

      @Stormsmama exactly! These people are willfully ignorant of the concept of consent. A 17-yr old isn’t an “underage prostitute”, she’s being trafficked. I had this same conversation with a radiology tech after he asked my 11-yr old daughter if she was “sexually active”—that’s not how you ask a child if she’s being abused. I knew Gaetz was lying when he specifically called his “date” a “woman” to Tucker Carlson.

  2. NTheMiddle says:

    Hmmm. Looks like we might be looking at the next GOP candidate for president.

  3. Rapunzel says:

    Matt Gaetz is the real Pizzagate.

    • ab says:

      Right? Where are all those crazy Q mfs on this? Isn’t this type of shit their raison d’etre? I’m hearing crickets.

      • Sandra says:

        The current Q Queen, Marjorie Taylor Greene has tweeted that she stands with Gaetz.

      • Emily_C says:

        QAnon has done nothing but harm real investigations into real child sexual abuse. Imo, that was the goal of the instigators.

  4. Quietly Kitten says:

    The typical Republican “kick up lots of dirt so no one can see you” approach isn’t going to work here and the creep vibe on this guy is unrelenting.

  5. LightPurple says:

    Gaetz is a frequent attendee of TPUSA high school events. I do hope they are including Charlie Kirk and his whole TPUSA network in the investigation.

  6. Lisa says:

    So, I live in Seminole County, Florida (suburb of Orlando; my office is less than 2 miles from UCF).

    We had a tax collector named Joel Greenberg. Upon seeing his picture in the tag office I said “why is this douche bro’s picture hanging up here?” Then I learned he wanted to accept Bitcoin for taxes and was like “nope” (won’t bore everyone with my legal views on currency vs cryptocurrency) and next thing you know, douche bro is out for all sorts of messy shenanigans. I mean, very, very, very messy shenanigans. It’s worth a google.

    Then, all the pics start surfacing of douche bro with Gaetz (the life size, human reincarnation of Butt-Head, BFF of Bevis).

    Then, the pic of them with Roger Stone (the man is a walking caricature so no further descriptor necessary) started surfacing.

    Birds of a feather.

    I promise there are some decent Floridians. Rare gems, but we do exist.

    • H says:

      I lived near Seminole County until recently and remember the scandal.

      Gaetz’s daddy has gotten Matty out of so many messes but I don’t think that’s going to work this time. I gave money to Phil Ehr, Gaetz’s opponent, in the last election but that part of the Panhandle didn’t vote for the military guy, they voted for Gaetz. Don’t get me started on Florida. –recently moved out of FL to avoid the FloridaMen

  7. Soupie says:

    So Gaetz is thinking about resigning his political post to take a job at Newsmax… am I seeing that correctly in other places? And we’re supposed to believe that this gay guy wants to fool around with a girl??!! 😂
    Nice try, spinners.

    This guy stinks to high heaven. I don’t trust his smarmy face and never have. The Republican party is currently so full of these jerkoff grifters it reminds me of when we had to put up with the most recent generation: Cheney, Rove, etc. Now there are even more of them and they’re even more vile and entitled. I’m with Kaiser. So sick of these people. I wish we could just exterminate them and be done with it. We should be so lucky.

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t think he’s gay. I think he is a slimmy perv. I’m beginning to think the reason he took in that boy when he was hitting his teens was as a cover so he could be around very young girls when the teenager brought over girlfriends or friends who were girls. He probably encouraged him to have friends over to the house all the time. Then Matt could creepily oogle young, female teenagers or more.

      • Gab says:

        There are people who would do stuff like this to both girls and boys. I don’t know exactly what happened obviously but I wouldn’t be surprised if he abused minors of either gender.

      • ElleE says:

        @Jayna I wish that I did not know this and I don’t have the academic (medical) qualifications to fully explain how it why this happens, so I will just say this:

        There is a strong correlation bw men who have suffered childhood abuse (in different forms), that later hide their sexuality by going on to abuse (by engaging in acts that no minor or trafficked person can truly consent to) minors and trafficked persons of both sexes. I have only seen this in civil lawsuits but believe me, there is a playbook and I see it being played all over W. Palm beach. It is no coincidence that every story here is coming out of an area with just a 10-mile radius.

      • Darla says:

        I totally agree with Gab and that’s what I came here to say.

      • nutella toast says:

        I work at a Sexual Assault Center and Child Advocacy Center and this is correct. Not ALWAYS true, but often. Sexual abuse is heavily about power and just because someone abuses girls does not mean they don’t abuse boys. Less than 1% of child sex abuse occurs at the hands of people who identify as LGBTQ – it’s almost always men who identify as straight.

      • Sandra says:

        A pedophile is a pedophile. It has nothing to do with sexual orientation. Ghislaine Maxwell was abusing females but has had relationships with men.

      • Stacy Dresden says:

        Jayna, that is exactly what I thought. He wanted the teen to bring other teens around for him to groom and abuse

    • girl_ninja says:

      I don’t think he is gay. I think he is a deviant abuser who is probably using Nester to lure young girls. What better way to have access to young girls than to have a cute teenage boy you control. This man has got to go down for his crimes.

    • minx says:

      Newsmax has denied offering him a job, I think he’s assuming too much. Fox also denied, in the strongest terms, that they had any interest in him.

      • Soupie says:

        Thanks minx for the update about Gaetz”s, shall we say, professional aspirations/opportunities.

  8. ElleE says:

    @Kaiser I totally support your inevitable muting of this story. Just promise that you will pick it back up if and when it pulls at any G. Maxwell/Mar-A-Fargo /W.Palm massage parlor threads.

    This whole house if trafficking cards had to be built on the same foundation; they can play whack-a-mole all they want by arresting massage parlor workers and then dropping charges against the actual criminals that pay the traffickers: it isn’t going away.

    • StormsMama says:

      Trumps modeling agency and patents were just shelters for trafficking.

      • Soupie says:

        Thank you stormsmama!! And why more people aren’t writing and talking about this is beyong me. It is so freaking obvious that Trump was involved in trafficking through his pageants and Epstein.

      • Delphine says:

        100% agree with this theory and I too don’t understand why no one talks about it.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        I’ve been following this story only peripherally, and only a couple of days ago did I realize that both Epstein’s house and Mar-A-Lago are in Palm Beach. I looked them up on Google Maps; the 2 residences are 5 MINUTES APART from one another. There’s no way Trump wasn’t involved in this.

  9. Watson says:

    If Burck declines to take your case it sort of makes you look ultra guilty seeing as he’s used to defending scum.

  10. detritus says:

    Does he use Nestor as bait?

    I dunno, he’s horrid, I’m worried for Nestor, and the poor children he hurt.

  11. Becks1 says:

    Okay so as messy as this is it is actually starting to come together now.

    Gaetz was trying to make it sound like he was being extorted so the DOJ came up with this fake investigation to see if it would leak, and it did.

    But the reality is that there is an investigation into sex trafficking, and someone found out about it and went to his father to get money to help with this search for Levinson which would then
    “alleviate the legal woes.” That’s just a stupid plan, lol. People would be so overjoyed that Matt Gaetz’s father funded that search that they would forget all about a little sex trafficking? Really? But anyway it sounds like someone was using their knowledge of the sex trafficking investigation to get money out of the Gaetz family. So the investigation came first, extortion after. The extortion does not negate the investigation in any way shape or form.

    • lucy2 says:

      I know, right? The whole Iran hostage angle is just bizarre.
      God these people are stupid. Stupid, cruel, and abusive.

      I’m shocked Barr didn’t kill the investigation, which makes me think it’s strong enough to survive the GOP corrupt machine.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    The moral of this story is that sensitive probes is an oxymoron.

  13. Sandra says:

    If he takes Tucker Carlson down with him, I’m not going to be sad about it.

  14. Kimber says:

    This whole story is gross. I also read that his ‘not running for another term’ as an attempt to put his name in for Trump’s next VP running mate, but now who knows – Hope all his hopes and dreams come crashing down. Pervert.

  15. Jules says:

    Art Clokey, prophet

    (G & J – Gaetz, Jordan)

    Going to make a Gumby altar.

  16. Frida_K says:

    “I have not had a relationship with a 17-year-old. That is totally false,” Gaetz told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in an interview Tuesday night. “That is false and records will bear that out to be false.”

    “Had a relationship” is not the issue here; sex trafficking, instead, is the issue. Abusing girls (and maybe boys) under the age of consent is the issue.

    Fvcker Carlson should have followed this by saying, “Define ‘relationship,'” but since he’s probably skating on thin ice himself, he had to be as careful as possible with volatile Matt “Nestor’s ‘dad'” Gaetz.

  17. Lizzie says:

    Republican who went to Wyoming and sh!t talked Dick Cheney’s daughter. Just saying.

    • lucy2 says:

      Wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they didn’t say “oh really? You want to mess with a Cheney?” and started digging.

  18. Malificent says:

    But if Matt Fratz is driven out of office, who will be left to represent the douche bros of the Florida Panhandle?

  19. fhm57 says:

    Probably shouldn’t have fucked w/ Liz Cheney.

  20. Scorpion says:

    Couldnt have happened to a nicer guy 👏🏾

  21. Jaded says:

    His engagement to Ginger Luckey (not so lucky now eh Ginger) ending in 3…2…1…

  22. why? says:

    Only Matt and his father are not being extorted. This is just an example of republicans crying wolf to distract from their bad behavior. Like the time Josh Hawley went on a press tour claiming that Antifa harassed his wife and newborn and vandalized his home, when in reality it was a group of peaceful protestors who left a copy of the Constitution at his house in Virginia(Josh represents Missouri). The DOJ should investigate if Roger Stone advised Matt to put out these fake stories about being extorted. Josh Hawley and his wife and Matt should face consequences for crying wolf and abusing the system. Josh Hawley’s wife had one of the protestors arrested by filing a false criminal complaint against him.

  23. Sidewithkids says:

    They need to investigate Jim Jordan too.

  24. Gomez says:

    Wait wait wait… THAT’S Nestor? Yea, he’s involved in this racket somehow.

  25. Is this Ivanka’s move says:

    I find this so suspicious that this was started under Barr. I’m not a conspiracy theorist normally but could this have started with Trump hearing about it and it then been pushed by Trump/Barr to get Ivanka into Congress because she hadn’t lived in Florida long enough to run for Senate?

  26. jferber says:

    I think we’ve found the missing link and it’s this douche. The strangest construction of a face or head I’ve ever seen. That’s all.

  27. Emerald rCrystal says:

    I am also an oxymoron… Moron being the operative word for still living in Pensacola, FL. Even though the beaches here in the Panhandle are the most beautiful ones that I have ever seen, the politicians are definitely the ugliest. I’ve always heard stories about Matt Gaetz getting his DUIs taken care of, by his rich Daddy.. I don’t think that Daddy’s money is going to help this time. This has been the best news week I’ve heard out of this area in awhile. It’s called “The Panhandle” because it looks like a handle on a pan, that holds onto the rest of the state. I’m a native Floridian who used to be proud of our state because of the beautiful beaches, spring lakes and parks. But, I’m a fish out of water, so to speak, as a left-wing Democrat in a out for blood red state. I’m proud that my college aged children are all hard core Democrats too. My daughter and I marched in downtown Pensacola with our “pussycat hats” displayed proudly. Now, I want to move out of this state, or maybe this country. The shame of that “Chad” voting debacle, when our state’s electoral votes were going to determine the next president, and one of the candidate’s brother just happened to be the governor, put me over the edge. I still believe that Gore should have taken it to the Supreme Court. There were way too many fishy things in that election. Sorry for all of the terrible fishy puns. But anyhow, I often wonder just how much different we would be in today’s world, if there had been a President Gore.