On Friday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) learned that his longtime friend and so-called “wingman” Joel Greenberg had pleaded guilty to numerous federal crimes and is now cooperating in exchange for leniency when he’s sentenced.
Oddly, at the Ohio Political Summit on Saturday, Gaetz told attendees that what he allegedly did (sexually trafficking a minor girl) was no big deal, remarking:
“I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors. Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks.”
Gaetz: “I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors. Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks.”
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) May 15, 2021
Those comments, according to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, could come back to haunt the Florida Republican.
During an appearance on MSNBC Sunday afternoon, Kirschner noted:
“That’s Matt Gaetz announcing, ‘Sure, you may have caught me doing all sorts of stuff wrong, but you know what, Congress does stuff wrong all the time, including earmarks.’ That could be turned on its head and viewed as an admission of guilt, but we’ll have to see how the prosecutors choose to play that. It looks like based on the Greenberg plea agreement, which is something I never saw in my 30 years as a prosecutor, I think the prosecutors are going to have sort of an embarrassment of riches when it comes to criminal conduct of others.”
Kirschner added that prosecutors will now carefully examine what Greenberg tells them before they offer him any sort of immunity:
“Everything they tell us about the criminal activity of others, we go out and investigate. We see if we can corroborate to make sure that the aspiring cooperator is telling us the truth. And if the information is really blockbuster, for example, if that aspiring cooperator can give us significantly bigger fish on the criminal food chain, then we might make them a generous plea offer. I’ve never seen one quite so generous as somebody who’s charged with 33 federal felony counts and he’s permitted to plead guilty to just six and the prosecutors will dismiss 27 points.”
Having read over Greenberg’s plea agreement, Kirschner said it’s clear that Gaetz’s longtime buddy — and now prosecutors — have “all of the receipts”:
“Boy, it looks like they have the receipts on those other men. They haven’t named them yet, but I have a feeling we’re going to learn who they are very soon, and one of them may very well be Matt Gaetz.”
The feds are closing in on Matt Gaetz. And with Trump no longer in the White House, there’s no one to give him a pardon to save him from spending the rest of his life in prison. Karma is about to take a nasty bite out of Matty.
Here’s the video:
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