Rep. Matt Gaetz associate to plead guilty in sex trafficking case

Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to six federal crimes, including sex trafficking a minor. As part of his plea deal, Greenberg has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators.
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Florida congressman Matt Gaetz. An associate of Gaetz is expected to plead guilty, and Rachel Scott has the latest. Good morning, Rachel. Reporter: George, good morning. This could very well be a turning point in this investigation. A key potential witness now fully cooperating with federal investigators, and what he tells them could put congressman Matt Gaetz in legal jeopardy. This morning, a new twist in the sex trafficking probe connected to congressman Matt Gaetz. His former friend and associate Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty this morning to six federal crimes including sex trafficking a minor. In new court filings, Greenberg admits he paid a 17-year-old for sex and, quote, introduced the minor to other adult men who engaged in commercial sex acts. He makes no mention of Gaetz, but as part of his plea deal, Greenberg has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators which could spell trouble for the congressman. Sources tell ABC for months the justice department has been looking into whether Greenberg and Gaetz paid women who are allegedly recruited online cash and other things of value for sex and travel. Back on capitol hill, Gaetz, an ally of the former president is already facing a bipartisan investigation by the house ethics committee, examining allegations of sexual misconduct, illicit drug use and whether he shared inappropriate images or videos on the house floor. But the Florida congressman is unfazed by it all. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, even joking about the allegations. I'm a canceled man in some corners of the internet. I might be a wanted man by the deep state, but I am a Florida man, and it is good to be home. Reporter: And most Republicans are staying silent on these allegations and to congressman Matt Gaetz coming to his defense, only one has called for him to step down. Leader Kevin Mccarthy said he will hold onto his committee assignments unless these are proved to be true, George. Thank you.

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