House Ethics Committee Reaching Out With Matt Gaetz’s Ex-Girlfriend As Part Of Ongoing Investigation: Source

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The House Ethics Committee has reached out to a former girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz for an interview amid the committee’s ongoing investigation into the Florida congressman, a source familiar with the committee’s work told ABC News.

Sources familiar with the committee’s work told ABC News that House investigators are interested in speaking with the ex-girlfriend, whom ABC News did not name, about allegations that Gaetz paid for sex, about allegations of drug use, and possible lobbying violations.

In a statement to ABC News, Tim Janssen, his ex-girlfriend’s attorney, said: “I can confirm that I have filed a notice of representation as a potential witness with the House Ethics Committee regarding the committee’s ongoing investigation.” “

Photo: US Rep. Gaetz campaigning for Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump in Manchester

US Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) greets supporters at the New Hampshire campaign headquarters of Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary in Manchester, New Hampshire, US on January 21, 2024. REUTERS/Faith Ninevagy

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In 2022, Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend testified before a grand jury investigating the congressman, a source told ABC News. Gaetz has never been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, who previously worked on Capitol Hill, allegedly had knowledge regarding not only the congressman but also the minor who was once at the center of a sex trafficking investigation that the Justice Department eventually closed without charging Gaetz. The ex-wife was also one of the women who were allegedly on a 2018 trip to the Bahamas with Gaetz and others, including the minor, which the House Ethics Committee is also investigating, sources said.

ABC News previously reported that since the beginning of the year, the committee investigating Gaetz has also reached out to several other witnesses, including the woman who allegedly had sex with the congressman when she was a minor, and Joel Greenberg, who was once close to the congressman. . Gaetz’s friend was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges, sources told ABC News.

Gaetz criticized the ethics committee for “trying to weaponize their process.”

CNN He was the first to report the news of the interview request.

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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