There’s a report out tonight based on Matt Gaetz’s public Venmo records that indicate that he sent $900 in 2018 to an accused sex trafficker, which was then forwarded to three women. Here’s the report:
DAILY MAIL – Matt Gaetz made a late-night transaction to accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg in May 2018, with Greenberg then transferring the exact same sum to three women, it was reported on Thursday night.
The $900 transaction, made via the app Venmo, was reported by The Daily Beast.
Greenberg, early the next morning, transferred $900 in total to three different women – one of whom is now reportedly working as a porn actress. None of the three were under the age of consent – 18 in Florida – at the time.
Gaetz named one of the women in his reference for the transaction to his friend, using her nickname. Greenberg’s three transfers to the women were labeled as ‘tuition’ and ‘school’.
Greenberg, currently in jail, is said to be cooperating with prosecutors – in what his lawyer said was bad news for Gaetz.
Auditors flagged $300,000 in suspicious expenses claimed by Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector.
Greenberg used his taxpayer-funded credit card for some of the Venmo transactions, The Daily Beast reported.
Greenberg has been federally indicted on 33 counts, including sex trafficking crimes involving a 17-year-old.
Court documents say Greenberg was ‘engaged in ‘sugar daddy’ relationships.’
Gaetz has vehemently denied being involved in sex trafficking, and said he has never paid for sex.
He is yet to respond to questions as to why he paid Greenberg $900, and why that sum was transferred to women.
Gaetz actually responded to the report with a short statement, but the Daily Beast refused to include it. Here’s what it said:
“The rumors, gossip, and self-serving misstatements of others will be addressed in due course by my legal team.”
You can see Jack Psobiec’s tweet below, which Gaetz retweeted, for more on the correspondence between the Daily Beast reporter and Gaetz’s spokesperson.
So what do I make of this report? I’ll admit it doesn’t sound good for Gaetz at face value. But if Gaetz is truly guilty of trafficking or whatever, it will come out in the wash.
In related news, a second staffer has resigned from Gaetz’s office. But on the flip side, his female staffers have been singing his praises. Click the link in the tweet for more on this: