Representative Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend is expected to testify before grand jury in Orlando

(CBS News)

Representative’s ex-girlfriend Matt Gaetz is expected to testify Wednesday before a federal grand jury in Orlando, two sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News.

Gaetz was investigated to determine if he broke sex-trafficking laws and obstructed justice in that investigation. Gaetz has previously denied any wrongdoing, and said he has never paid for sex, nor had sex with a young girl.

The ex-girlfriend, who CBS News did not name to protect her privacy, negotiated an immunity agreement with federal prosecutors and could be a potential key witness in both the trafficking investigation. sold sex and obstructed a justice investigation, two sources told CBS News.

CBS News confirmed the woman and her attorney had left court Wednesday afternoon.

Tim Jansen, an attorney for his ex-girlfriend, declined to comment. The Justice Department declined to comment.

Isabelle Kirshner, an attorney for Gaetz, told CBS News in a statement that “we see no credible basis for charging Congressman Gaetz. We remain steadfast in our commitment to challenge all allegations with the truth and the law.”

News of the ex-girlfriend’s expected testimony was first reported by CNN.

Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., an ally of former President Donald Trump, speak to reporters on January 6, 2022. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / AP

As part of the obstruction investigation, investigators were looking into whether Gaetz was on the phone with two women, one of whom was a witness in the investigation, one of the sources said. federal. The source said the woman left on the call was an ex-girlfriend.

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