Prosecutors Recommend Not Charging Florida Republican Matt Gaetz of Sex Trafficking, Due to Lack of Credible Witnesses?

Toby Hazlewood

Will he 'live to fight another day'?

On September 23, it was reported that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz may not be charged with human trafficking crimes. While a formal ruling is yet to be made, it has been suggested that there won't be formal charges filed.

The reason is that since one of the key witnesses to the crime and friend of Matt Gaetz - Joel Greenberg - has already been found guilty of similar charges, it is feared that he would lack credibility before a jury.

Given the reason, some may argue that Greenberg could have been a fall-guy that got Gaetz off the hook if this turns out to be the defining factor in prosecutors' decision?

He sought a preemptive pardon from the president

The suggestion that Gaetz may not be charged comes just days after it emerged that he sought a preemptive presidential pardon for charges of human trafficking, from the former one-term Republican President Donald Trump.

Those revelations emerged during the January 6 House Select Committee investigations, in testimony from John McEntee, former director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office in the Trump Administration.

Could it be that as long ago as 2021 Gaetz was anticipating the ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice for allegedly having trafficked a 17-year-old girl across state borders? It is alleged he had paid money to have sexual relations with the girl.

He also voted against human trafficking laws - twice

In July of 2022, Gaetz was one of just 20 House Republicans who voted against the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention & Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022.

Aside from one Democrat who abstained from voting, it was only Gaetz and the other 19 Republicans who voted against the bill, which seeks to prevent human trafficking and to help those who have been victims of the horrendous crime.

Cynical observers on Twitter were immediately keen to latch onto this vote, pointing out the possible reasons why he might be inclined to vote in such a way, other than to secure publicity for himself. That seems unlikely, even for someone as hungry for attention as Gaetz.

Whether federal prosecutors will finally decide against charging Gaetz or not, remains to be seen. If not, he'll be free to stand for re-election in November mid-terms. One thing seems certain - that his actions in regard to these charges look suspicious to some. Time will tell how it unfolds.

Do you think that Matt Gaetz is truly innocent in this situation, and if so, why would he act the way that he has? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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