On Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) gave himself and two other Trump-supporting conservatives a nickname, implying that they would form a right-wing version to “The Squad,” a group of progressive House members.
The three representatives voted to overturn the 2020 election results, cosigned former President Donald Trump’s election lies that the election was stolen from him and diminishing the severity of the January 6 Capitol riots.
According to Business Insider, the Justice Department (DOJ) hired two additional prosecutors to work on the team investigating Gaetz and the allegations that he provided money in exchange for sexual favours to a 17-year-old girl.
Gaetz’s probe was originally revealed in March 2021. Joel Greenberg, a Florida tax official, characterized as Gaetz’s “wingman,” pled guilty in May to sex trafficking and introducing a juvenile to individuals who had sex with her, among other charges.
He agreed to assist with prosecutors, and his sentencing was postponed until March in October to give him more time to work with them.
The Republican representative has not been charged with a criminal offence in the investigation and has denied any misdeed.