WASHINGTON (FLV) – Prosecutors have recommended against charging U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, in a long-running sex-trafficking investigation – telling Justice Department superiors that a conviction is unlikely in part because of credibility questions with the two central witnesses, according to a report by the Washington Post.
The report says senior department officials have not made a final decision on whether to charge Gaetz, but it is rare for such advice to be rejected, according to people familiar with the matter.
It is possible additional evidence emerges that could alter prosecutors’ understanding of the case.
Both Gaetz’s lawyer, Isabelle Kirshner, and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment to the Washington Post.
The investigation started in late 2020 and focused on his alleged involvement with a 17-year-old girl several years earlier.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing, calling it an “operation to destroy me” in a previous interview on FOX News.
During the interview, Gaetz said he was a victim of “extortion” by an ex-Justice Department official seeking a $25 million payoff.
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