Transcript for New report links Matt Gaetz to alleged cash payments provided to women for sex
Right now that stunning report about congressman Matt Gaetz alleging he made payments to women in exchange for sex as the justice department investigates his possible relationship with an underage girl and Mary Bruce has the latest. Reporter: Well, we are learning more this morning about the scope of this investigation. Reportedly now focusing on whether the congressman paid cash to multiple women who were recruited online for sex. This morning, new details in the federal probe into Republican congressman and close trump ally Matt Gaetz. The department of justice zeroing in on whether he and a local politician from his home state of Florida gave cash or other items of value to women they had sex with after they were recruited online. The developments first reported by "The New York Times" and confirmed to ABC news by a source familiar with the matter. The inquiry also examining whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and possibly violated sex trafficking laws. Accusations he denies. I've not done anything improper or wrong. Reporter: In the new report "The times" adding investigators believe Gaetz's social Joel Greenberg introduced him to women Greenberg met on different websites inviting them to Florida hotels as recently as last year allegedly laying out how much they would be willing to pay beforehand. Sometimes giving them cash from the hotel's atm and some encounters reportedly included the drug ecstasy. Greenberg indicted last year on sex trafficking charges involving a teenage girl pleading not guilty. Gaetz did not respond to ABC's request for comment but is adamantly denied any wrongdoing and insists he's the victim of an extortion scheme. Defending himself in that bizarre interview with Fox News. You and I went to dinner two years ago, your wife was there. I brought a friend of mine, you'll remember her and she was actually threatened by the FBI told if she wouldn't cop to the fact that I wasn't somehow involved in a pay for play scheme that she could face trouble. I don't remember the woman you're speaking of or the context at all. Honestly, that was one of the weirdest interviews I've ever Reporter: Sources say the investigation was launched during the final months of the trump administration. The times writing these new allegations could potentially open Gaetz up to additional counts if he is charged. Now, so far no charges have been filed against the congressman but sources tell us that when he was a member of the Florida state house of representatives Gaetz had quite a reputation for his sexual conquests that he participated in what's been described as a game with other male colleagues that awarded points for various targets like interns and that his female colleagues often referred to him as, creepy Gaetz, because he made them feel just so uncomfortable. George. That is some story. Mary, thanks very much.
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