Greenberg pleaded guilty to a series of six charges on May 14, at least three of which are directly connected with the scheme in which women were being expedited to Gaetz after the Republican rep sent Greenberg cash via Venmo. As part of this scheme, Greenberg operated a fake ID operation out of his tax office that may have been used to provide IDs to underage girls—including at least one 17-year-old who Gaetz is suspected of sleeping with after providing her with “expenses” and “gifts.”
Gaetz has denied asking Trump to pardon Greenberg, but he’s otherwise refused to make any statement about the case. So it’s unclear if he tried to lean into his White House role model for other assistance.
The position with the ex-girlfriend is even more vague. While earlier reporting — also at CNN — stated that the woman had agreed to be a witness and was cooperating with federal authorities, reporting on Thursday indicated that she had “she had not yet spoken to investigators,” which would seem very odd for someone who considered to be part of a cover-up scheme for a crime under investigation for almost a year.
But this is not the only strange Gaetz news in the last week. On Saturday, The Independent reported that Gaetz told a Florida television station that $155,000 he sent to purchase a yacht “went missing.” Gaetz blames the missing money on “malicious actors” saying that he was the “target of a financial crime.” His spokesperson also indicated that Gaetz had been targeted by foreign criminals.
However, it seems very strange that someone who is in the middle of being investigated for crimes, including possible schemes to cover-up his actions, should be shipping six-figures of cash across the country and have nothing to show for it. It’s almost as if Gaetz didn’t intend to buy a yacht, so much as someone’s silence. The FBI is supposedly looking into what happened to this money. They might want to check the bank accounts of that ex-girlfriend, and everyone else expected to act as a witness in the case against Gaetz.
In this case, it’s the crime and it’s the cover-up.