Another day another new development in the Matt Gaetz teen sex scandal.
Multiple sources told CBS News that the anti-gay congressman traveled to the Bahamas with campaign donor / marijuana entrepreneur Jason Pirozzolo in late 2018 / early 2019. Along the ride was a group of female escorts, who had all their travel and accommodation expenses. paid by the businessman.
Authorities would investigate whether the escorts crossed state or international lines for the primary purpose of having sex with Gaetz, and whether Pirozzolo subsequently obtained special political access or legislative favors to fund the sexy getaway.
In 2018, Pirozzolo, who chairs the board of directors of the Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, told an interviewer that Gaetz was drafting legislation that “would help facilitate research at the national level.”
“We should see a lot of benefits from it,” Pirozzolo said. “We have members of Congress currently dealing with this federal legislation.”
Gaetz finally introduced the medical cannabis research law in April 2018. He tried again in January 2019. Both times his efforts to get votes failed.
So why is it so bad?
Well, according to former prosecutor Arlo Devlin-Brown, if the allegations turn out to be true, then Gaetz has broken a ton of laws.
“Traveling across state borders is what creates a federal hook for a lawsuit,” he told CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell this week. “Regardless of whether [Gaetz] personally paid them as long as he knows someone is doing that.
Devlin-Brown added, “If there is any evidence of a quid pro quo that the congressman received benefits in return for his sponsorship of legislation of interest to the donor, it is a federal crime.”
As for Gaetz, he denies everything. In a statement, his office said he “had never paid for sex” and called the sex trafficking “just an exercise in vacation fishing and consensual relations with adults.”
“It’s interesting to see Washington’s wheels squeak so hard every time one of their lies is knocked over,” the statement said.
Graham Gremore is editor and editor at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.