Gaetz’s favorite pimp agrees to testify
Thursday, The Washington Post reported that former tax collector Joel Greenberg has struck a deal to testify in a case that includes explaining all the details of how he and Matt Gaetz illegally used apps like Venmo to pay women for sex – including at least one who was under 18 at the time.
Greenberg had faced at least 33 charges in what the Orlando Sentinel described as “a sprawling case” in which Greenburg faces up to 10 years on a sex trafficking charge and possibly decades more on other charges. Among other things, Greenberg is accused of “using his elected office to enrich himself, victimize a child, take on a political rival and launder cryptocurrency. And that’s not far from a complete list.
It is not clear how many of these charges also apply to Gaetz, but it is known that Gaetz was present in Greenberg’s office after hours and was likely aware of a scheme in which Greenberg was using his access to the databases of the state to manufacture false identity documents for underage girls. This, in addition to what appears to be a plethora of evidence that Gaetz knowingly paid for sex, solicited Greenberg to pay for sex and paid to ferry women across borders to engage in sex, makes him absolutely vulnerable to federal sex trafficking charges. – enough to save him several years in prison, even if one of the people involved was not a minor.
Gaetz’s lawyer continues to insist that his client is tainted by both the FBI and Greenberg. But this seems to be a case where the government literally has the receipts.
A “plea change” hearing for Greenberg is scheduled for Monday. It’s unclear whether any information will be available on that day that applies directly to Gaetz, but the form of Greenberg’s revised accusations should provide some insight into the value the Department of Justice believes his testimony can be.
Federal prosecutor’s reshuffle won’t save Giuliani
Wednesday, CNN reported that the federal prosecutor in charge of Rudy Giuliani’s case was stepping down. 99.9% of the time, this is the kind of headline that makes defendants’ hearts soar – after all, stepping down in the middle isn’t exactly the best sign a prosecutor thinks they have a sure win. in a high profile case. It’s the kind of announcement that often comes before a deal turns into offers involving a token slap or simply fades away.
Prosecutor Edward Diskant not only led the investigation into Giuliani, he was in charge when Giuliani’s associates Igor Furman and Lev Parnas were indicted. It was also Diskant who indicted Steve Bannon for Donald Trump to forgive him. Sticking around to nail the former head of his own office to the DOJ may seem like the sort of thing that would be irresistible to an ambitious prosecutor, especially when Diskant has clearly been working on related issues for years.
However, Diskant has been in his current position for nine years. It’s a long time for a lawyer to turn down much more lucrative deals in the private sector, and it looks like one of those dangling checks has finally caught Diskant, who is taking a position as a partner at the white-collar firm. McDermott Will & Emery. . After spending nine years catching high-profile crooks, Diskant will now earn a lot more money defending them.
Giuliani’s case will pass to prosecutor Rebekah Donaleski, who has always been one of the primary investigators in her case. There’s good reason to think this isn’t a sign that things are about to go away for the head of Trump’s legal team.
One of these is rhythm. It may seem like things are moving slowly, but Diskant apparently authorized the investigation of Giuliani over two years ago. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that the FBI raided Giuliani’s home and office, and this investigation has shifted into high gear. This could very well correspond to the transfer from Diskant to Donaleski.
And if Giuliani thinks it’s going to go away, he’s definitely not showing it. As The independent reported Thursday, Giuliani has hired a stack of new lawyers – the same team that (unsuccessfully) defended disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein against rape and sexual assault charges. This hiring came after Giuliani made it known that he was conducting a search for new legal representatives to defend him against what should be charges to come, and after Politico reported that Giuliani had abandoned members of his paid entourage to cut expenses. Considering that Giuliani pays $ 42,000 a month to just one of his ex-wives… he has expenses.
In November, Giuliani reportedly asked $ 20,000 per day for his work in spreading Trump’s Big Lie, but there is no indication that he ever received that money. Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that Giuliani was looking to Trump – who raised at least $ 250 million from deceived people to support his efforts to reverse the election – to cover his growing legal fees. This does not happen.
Finally get an answer on Boebert
On Thursday evening, Lauren Boebert tweeted that Biden telling people they could stop wearing masks was also Apocalypse’s “mark of the beast”. Because of course she did.
But over the past month, the Colorado rep who mocks guns appears to have been relatively invisible. Maybe it’s just that she was outraged by Marjorie Taylor Greene, who really seems to have Donald Trump’s knack for delivering commentary straight from a third-grade playground. Perhaps Boebert is truly embarrassed in her role in showing violent extremists the express route to the Chamber. But probably not. Especially now that Republicans in the House have declared Jan.6 to be just an “ordinary tourist visit” led by “peaceful patriots”.
A week after January 6, a majority of Democratic representatives were united around one thing: they wanted Boebert’s resignation, which several representatives had seen leading groups of Trump supporters around the Capitol building in the days or hours leading up to the insurgency. The anger against Boebert was swollen because she sent a series of tweets and texts from the floor of the House which seemed to keep the insurgents informed of the movements of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Then in the days following the assault, Boebert was the first to double on his support for the rioters, and one of the first to say that the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer posed a “far greater threat to the nation.” With these two things becoming not only the norm but a required Republican stance, it might appear that Boebert would be increasingly at the center of Republican statements. Except that she is not.
Of all the surveys, this seems to be the one that has either turned cold or at least silent. But it is far from over. While a number of new indictments have taken place over the past two weeks, including that of an active-duty Marine, it seems likely that any real investigation into Boebert’s involvement will wait until the House finally decides on an independent commission. It was difficult to reach an agreement for such a commission … until about an hour ago.
House Homeland Security Speaker Bennie Thompson’s representative and senior Republican John Katko announced the creation of a panel modeled after the 9/11 commission. It would be a 10-member panel split down the middle, half nominated by Democrats, half by Republicans. The panel would have the power to issue subpoenas, but they would have to be signed by both the Democratic president and the Republican vice president.
The way the sign is presented gives Republicans a veto over all subpoenas and likely turns the whole affair into little more than a place where Republicans can trot more allegations about how Trump supporters Police “hugged and kissed” on January 6. therefore, there are enough threats of real evidence that Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has yet to approve the commission.
Boebert isn’t exactly trembling in his cowgirl boots. But in January, the The FBI mentioned this congressman was definitely on their radar. If nothing else, eliminating this commission could open the door for the DOJ to conduct its own investigation of House members on January 6.