Rep. Matt Gaetz’s Late-Night Parties Reportedly Consisted of Sex, Drugs, and Money


April 15, 2021

By Kana Ruhalter

The country continues to watch Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz unravel deeper and deeper into what can only be described as a bizarre scandal. Two sources, both women who attended Gaetz’s house parties, spoke to CNN about details of the late nights with the Congressman and his buddies. 

The two women, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told CNN that the house parties began with instructions to put their cell phones away; the group of Republican officials did not want any record of the night’s activities. The parties often followed political events, with its attendees dressed in formal wear. They were fueled by alcohol, recreational drugs like cocaine and ecstasy, and sex, attesting to Gaetz’s brazen reputation. One of the women described him as a “frat type of party boy.” 

Gaetz and other influential men’s actions at the events are triggering investigations from the Justice Department, in addition to the probe that began last year of Gaetz and allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution. The federal investigators are actively pursuing further evidence that corroborates witnesses’ testimony that Gaetz may have used cash and drugs in his dealings with a 17-year-old girl. The federal probe began late into former President Trump’s Justice Department under then-Attorney General William Barr. 

A key name that floats around Gaetz’s fate is his associate Joel Greenberg, a former tax commissioner in Seminole County, Florida that is now facing 33 federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor. The Daily Beast first broke the story that revealed Greenberg’s use of digital payment applications to send large sums of money to at least one woman attendee of the parties. Fritz Scheller, Greenberg’s attorney, commented on Gaetz’s future.

“I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Scheller said. 

Gaetz denies all allegations of sexual misconduct. 

“The smears around me range from distortions in my personal life to wild — and I mean wild — conspiracy theories,” Gaetz said over the weekend at a conservative women’s conference located at Trump’s Miami golf course. This denial is in addition to his claim that his family is victim to a $25 million extortion scheme. Gaetz further muddied the water when he made his case on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show, strangely implicating the host into one of the personal stories. 

“I can say that actually you and I went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there, and I brought a friend of mine — you’ll remember her — and she was actually threatened by the FBI, told that if she wouldn’t cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay-for-play scheme, that could face trouble,” Gaetz said. “So I do believe there are people at the Department of Justice that are trying to smear me. Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you’re dating who are of legal age is not a crime.”

“I don’t remember the woman you’re speaking of or the context at all, honestly,” Carlson replied.

Carlson concluded the interview by adding that it was “one of the weirdest interviews [he’s] ever conducted.” 

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/14/politics/gaetz-parties-women-drug-use-sex-payments/index.html

https://www.vox.com/2021/3/31/22359953/matt-gaetz-tucker-carlson-interview-sex-trafficking-allegations

https://www.insideedition.com/rep-matt-gaetz-denies-sex-misconduct-allegations-as-smears-and-conspiracy-theories-66167