reported Friday that Rep. Matt Gaetz
's (R-FL) former girlfriend has agreed to cooperate with investigators looking into an alleged sex trafficking
The unidentified woman, a former Capitol
Hill staffer, has known Gaetz since the summer of 2017, a time period of particular interest to investigators, according to CNN. Investigators regard her as a "critical witness
" who may be able to determine the relevance of hundreds of transactions they have obtained, including some allegedly involving payments for sex, the sources said.
The discovery of yet another person cooperating with investigators comes just days after Gaetz's longtime friend Joel Greenberg
reached a plea deal
with the Justice Department
in exchange for his cooperation in the investigation
Greenberg, a former Florida
county tax collector, had faced 33 charges. As part of the agreement with the Justice Department, filed May 14, Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges, including sex trafficking of a child, producing false identification, wire fraud, and stalking. Greenberg also agreed to testify that he introduced an adolescent
“to other men, who engaged in commercial sexual activity.”
Gaetz's relationship with Greenberg, as well as various reports, suggest that one of the "other men" could be the Florida lawmaker.
Gaetz, who was tweeting about a political rally in Arizona
on Friday night, could not be reached for comment immediately. He has denied any wrongdoing.