Of course, a day cannot pass without more details appearing in Matt Gaetz’s teen sex / prostitution scandal.
The latest development concerns a prep school music teacher, a fraudulent note, and more sex allegations involving minors. These are the three catalysts for the dramatic fall of the anti-Gay lawmaker, according to a new Washington Post report, which we are now monitoring in real time.
It all started in 2019 when Gaetz’s buddy / alleged pimp, Joel Greenberg, then Seminole County tax collector, attempted to derail a senior GOP challenger, prep school music teacher Brian Beute, in sending a fraudulent note to Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida claiming that Beute had slept with a student there.
Related: A Short, Probably Incomplete History Of Matt Gaetz Sex Scandals And Scariest Moments (So Far)
The charges were completely false, so Beute contacted a lawyer, who spoke to the sheriff’s office, who opened an investigation to determine who was responsible for the illegal smear campaign. Federal authorities got involved and it didn’t take long for them to realize that Greenberg was behind.
And that’s where it all opened up.
When authorities arrested Greenberg and sifted through his files and electronic devices – according to documents and those involved in the case – they discovered a mix of other suspected wrongdoing, leading them to open an investigation into possible trafficking sex involving a much more publicized Florida. Republican.
This “much more publicized Florida Republican” was – you guessed it! – Rep. Matt Gaetz, US Congressman from Florida.
Beute was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing and investigators turned to Greenberg, who now faces 33 counts, including child sex trafficking, and Gaetz, who has yet to be charged with anything. and denied all allegations against him, accusing Greenberg. to “try to trap the innocent in its problems”.
Related: Matt Gaetz Writes Absolutely Crazy Editorial On Worsening Teenage Sex Scandal, Says People ‘Fear’
This week, Gaetz announced a six-figure ad buy for a 30-second TV spot that aims to “fight a multi-week cycle of fake news.”
“Now we see what is really behind it all: the defamation of the Democratic Party and the media aimed at eliminating a member of the United States Congress,” a spokesperson for Friends of Matt Gaetz said in the statement.
As Gaetz fights for his political life by running television commercials and posting crazy opinion pieces in the conservative media, his fellow Republican continues to distance himself from him.
This week, three GOP lawmakers announced that they were donating campaign funds Gaetz gave them to charity.
Rep. John Katko from New York says he donated Gaetz’s $ 4,000 to a local charity. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania says he donated $ 2,000 from Gaetz to a women’s shelter. And California Representative David Valadao says he plans to donate Gaetz’s $ 4,000 to a domestic violence center.
We have a feeling we’ll have a lot more to tell about this never-ending story tomorrow, so stay tuned, folx!
Graham Gremore is editor and editor at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.