Reprinted with permission from Alternet
Rep. Matt Gaetz's "wingman," Joel Greenberg, is expected to enter a plea deal with prosecutors and a federal court, according to multiple reports. Greenberg is facing dozens of "superseding indictments tied to stalking, illegally obtaining person information, identity theft, wire fraud, and sex trafficking of a minor," according to Tom Winter, NBC News Correspondent for Investigations.
It's not currently known if that plea deal includes a cooperation agreement, but either way, as CNN Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles reports, a "deal would put pressure Gaetz, as Greenberg would have to share what he knows about his friend and associate."
"Federal government lawyers and Greenberg's attorney told a judge the deal was not finalized but there is an expectation that within the next couple of months it could be resolved," CNN's Paul Reid adds.
New York Times Justice Department reporter Katie Benner, who co-wrote several of the Times' bombshell reports on Gaetz, adds a "deadline has been set for May 15."
Lawyers say they expect the Joel Greenberg case to be resolved with a plea, with a deadline set for May 15, per… https://t.co/7NFHre4FAp— Katie Benner (@Katie Benner)1617902376.0
Gaetz is being investigated by the DOJ, allegedly for possible child sex trafficking and for a possible sexual relationship with a 17-year old. On Wednesday news broke that the investigation includes his trip to the Bahamas, where a marijuana merchant, physician, and donor allegedly "may have paid" for airline flights, hotel stays, and female escorts.
Earlier this week Politico reported that Greenberg, a Florida tax collector had an office in Seminole County which "was the only one in the state where employees were armed with pistols and body armor. He wore his own law enforcement badge and carried a sidearm at tax collector conferences. He let people pay property taxes with Bitcoin. He tweeted Islamophobic comments, installed a remote-controlled sprinkler system to spray petition gatherers he didn't like, and doled out fat contracts to his groomsmen shortly after winning the usually humdrum Orlando-area office with a campaign to stop 'crony capitalism.'"
Gaetz and Greenberg "shared more than one girlfriend, according to interviews with eight friends and associates who know the two men. Gaetz described Greenberg as a 'wingman' to some acquaintances, and even promoted him as a potential congressional candidate. Now some suspect Greenberg might be cooperating with prosecutors to build a case against Gaetz."
- Gaetz Vows He's 'Absolutely Not Resigning' Despite GOP Pressure ... ›
- Report: Gaetz Asked Trump To Grant Him A Broad, 'Pre-Emptive ... ›
- 'Not Surprised': As Gaetz Sinks In Scandal, Trump And His Allies ... ›
- Former Gaetz Fan Hannity Leaves Him For Dead - National Memo ›
- Fox News Went 30 Hours Without Mentioning Gaetz Scandal ... ›
- Greene Pipes Up With 'Support Matt Gaetz' As Scandal Swamps ... ›
- First GOP Congressman Urges Gaetz To Resign - National Memo ›
- Report: Chat Logs Show Greenberg ‘In A Panic’ Over FBI Investigation - National Memo ›
- #EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Smirks As Gaetz 'Snubbed' By His 'Idol' Trump - National Memo ›
- Women Recount Sex-And-Drug Partying With Gaetz Gang - National Memo ›
- Federal Agents Seized Smartphones Owned By Gaetz And Girlfriend - National Memo ›
- Feds Probing Gaetz Over Possible Bribery In Bahamas Sex Trip - National Memo ›
- Gaetz Probe Shifts Toward 'Larger Review Of Public Corruption' - National Memo ›
- Gaetz Crony Expected To Plead Guilty In Federal Court On Monday - National Memo ›
- Gaetz Crony Greenberg To Plead Guilty On Six Counts -- And Cooperate With Feds - National Memo ›
- Gaetz Crony Pleads To Sex Trafficking, Implicates ‘Other Men’ - National Memo ›
- Gaetz Crony Pleads Guilty In Federal Court After Striking Cooperation Deal - National Memo ›
- As Ex-Girlfriend Flips For Prosecutors, Gaetz Insists He’s Ignoring Scandal - National Memo ›
- Gaetz Crony Greenberg Set For August Sentencing After Plea Approval - National Memo ›
- Greene And Gaetz Now Claim FBI Instigated Capitol Riot - National Memo ›
- Matt Gaetz ally is working toward plea deal with prosecutors - Los ... ›
- Matt Gaetz's scandal and legal problems, explained - Vox ›
- Plea deal could spell more trouble for Matt Gaetz ›
- Florida man at center of Matt Gaetz scandal accepts plea deal, will ... ›
- How Matt Gaetz is trying to change the subject - CNNPolitics ›
- How Matt Gaetz Got Here - The New York Times ›
- The Matt Gaetz Scandal Keeps Getting Worse ›
- The Weird Florida Roots of the Matt Gaetz Scandal ›
- 'A 10ft pole is not long enough': Matt Gaetz isolated in sex-trafficking ... ›
- Matt Gaetz accused of starting sex game in Florida legislature ... ›