Joel Greenberg has been cooperating with federal investigators since last year and providing evidence against Matt Gaetz.
A former local official in Florida indicted in the Justice Department investigation that is also focused on Representative Matt Gaetz has been providing investigators with information since last year about an array of topics, including Mr. Gaetz’s activities, according to two people briefed on the matter.
Mr. Greenberg began speaking with investigators once he realized that the government had overwhelming evidence against him and that his only path to leniency lay in cooperation, the people said. He has met several times with investigators to try to establish his trustworthiness, though the range of criminal charges against him — including fraud — could undermine his credibility as a witness.
Greenberg takes the potential case against Gaetz to a whole different level. Greenberg has the ability to destroy Gaetz’s defense that the Venmo payments were not made in exchange for sex. Greenberg takes the case beyond paper and gives prosecutors an eyewitness who can tell the story of Matt Gaetz’s criminal behavior.
The potential case is no longer a matter of the word of Gaetz versus prosecutors. Investigators have a witness who has been handing information over to the federal government for months. The loss of his political career will be the least of Matt Gaetz’s problems. He will be lucky not to end up in prison.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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