Joel Greenberg to plead guilty as lawyer says ‘Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today’avril 8, 2021
The lawyer for Joel Greenberg hinted the Florida tax collector could flip on Matt Gaetz as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors over sex trafficking charges, according to reports.
“I am sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” attorney Fritz Scheller told reporters after a hearing on Thursday.
Mr Scheller said his client planned on pleading guilty in the coming weeks but was waiting to see the proposed agreement from prosecutors.
The federal child sex trafficking case against Mr Greenberg sparked a separate investigation into Mr Gaetz, according to The New York Times.
While Mr Greenberg was set to go to trial in June, defence lawyers and US assistant attorney Roger Handberg agreed to a deadline of 15 May to work out the details of a plea deal.
Mr Greenberg is alleged to have met women through a website that facilitates the exchange of dates for gifts and allowances, then introduced them to Mr Gaetz, according to Times.
While the deal has lead to speculation that Mr Greenberg would cooperate with the Justice Department in the investigation into Mr Gaetz, neither prosecutors nor the defence has explicitly confirmed an agreement.
Mr Scheller said negotiations of the plea conditions were in the early stages but that Mr Greenberg was “uniquely situated”, according to The Orlando Sentinel.