Enjoy good journalism?
… then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has slashed advertising rates, and we need your help. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. And unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.
Raw Story is independent. Unhinged from corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.
We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click to donate by check.
Value Raw Story?
… then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has slashed advertising rates, and we need your help. Like you, we believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We need your support to do what we do.
Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former federal prosecutor Elie Honig called the new report that former Florida county tax collector Joel Greenberg is cooperating with the DOJ against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) since last year, "the worst news Gaetz can possibly get."
"Matt Gaetz is not able to claim this is some kind of witch hunt, although he started down that road," said Honig. "What happens when you interview a cooperator? Where can I find evidence to back you up? I am not going to take Joel Greenberg on his words. Where is the document or if there is e-mails?"
Honig also suggested the investigation will not take much longer to conclude.
"How long do these investigations take? Not weeks but also not years," said Honig. "If you do the math, and the reporting is cooperation started last year in 2020, usually a matter of months. Investigators have to gather this stuff up, but we are talking months here."
Elie Honig discusses implications of Joel Greenberg's cooperation against Matt Gaetz www.youtube.com
After harsh news in Matt Gaetz investigation critics say he'll 'go to prison long before Hillary ever will'
The New York Times and Orlando Sentinel revealed Tuesday that former tax collector Joel Greenberg was cooperating with the Justice Department in the ongoing investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Gaetz has maintained that he is innocent of all allegations and that they are politically motivated. He has further said that he is being targeted by the Justice Department in an extortion plot around the allegations. Each time the scandal has been mentioned, Gaetz has used that scheme as an excuse. But in the past weeks, Americans learned that Gaetz gave money to Greenberg, who then gave it to three different women. The description for the money was "school" and "tuition." Gaetz hasn't explained why he was giving young women tuition money.
It prompted many to theorize that Gaetz will be done in the coming weeks and his resignation will come long before his next reelection. Only time will tell.
See the comments from folks below:
Why is Rep Matt Gaetz still on the House Judiciary Committee, which has oversight over the Department of Justice th… https://t.co/evBdjBojXJ— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1618353958.0
Long story short... Matt Gaetz will go to prison before Hillary ever will. Suck it MAGA.— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@💀DeathMetalViking💀)1618355817.0
Hey QAnon, why aren't you after Gaetz?
— David Gilchrist (@DavegFla) April 14, 2021
Matt Gaetz: I got myself into this, and I'll most likely will get myself even deeper into this.— 𝓛𝓪𝓾𝓻𝓪 '𝓜𝓪𝓭 𝓔𝔂𝓮' 𝓜𝓪𝓬𝓢𝓲𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓮𝓻 (@𝓛𝓪𝓾𝓻𝓪 '𝓜𝓪𝓭 𝓔𝔂𝓮' 𝓜𝓪𝓬𝓢𝓲𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓮𝓻)1618358725.0
Matt Gaetz has a minor problem.— Mike Dominy 👮🏻♂️🇺🇸 (@Mike Dominy 👮🏻♂️🇺🇸)1618358683.0
Wait...you're still tweeting your defense haha? Thought you'd be hiding out in a Pizza Parlor or something...
— DDG (@DDG97560547) April 14, 2021
In addition to Matt Gaetz and Florida Republican Joel Greenberg, there's at least one other unnamed Republican official involved in this sex trafficking ring. This is a scandal with boundaries that are still growing. And it's not going to stop with Matt Gaetz.
— Candour99 (@Candour99) April 14, 2021
Look at you. A scared troll behind a computer willing to talk. Such a big boy with big hair and soon to be big jail time.
— Tony Scampanelli (@tonyscampanelli) April 14, 2021
👏 snitches 👏 get 👏 a reduced sentence.
— Dr. Zeus (@CraigFr57755100) April 14, 2021
Can someone make a vaccine that protects you from Matt Gaetz— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com)1618353544.0
Indicted sex trafficking fraudster Joel Greenberg has been cooperating w/ the DOJ against seditious perv Matt Gaetz… https://t.co/TiumeFceFX— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1618355526.0
Joel Greenberg has been cooperating with the Department of Justice since last year, admitting that he and Matt Gaet… https://t.co/OeV7dA1Ra3— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li)1618359188.0
So Joel Greenberg ALREADY FLIPPED on @mattgaetz 🤭 Matty, your ONLY way to seeing the free world in your old age is… https://t.co/TdUQEudnfY— Jim Stewartson, QAnon Eliminator, #RIPQ 🇺🇸🏴☠️ (@Jim Stewartson, QAnon Eliminator, #RIPQ 🇺🇸🏴☠️)1618354801.0
Capitol Police were told to stand down from certain riot control tactics during pro-Trump invasion: report
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the inspector general for the Capitol Police has determined officers were told to hold back from using key riot control methods during the pro-Trump invasion of the complex on Jan. 6.
"In a 104-page report, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6," reported Luke Broadwater. "Mr. Bolton found that the agency's leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught."
"Three days before the siege, a Capitol Police intelligence assessment warned of violence from supporters of President Donald J. Trump who believed his false claims that the election had been stolen. Some had even posted a map of the Capitol complex's tunnel system on pro-Trump message boards," continued the Times. "But on Jan. 5, the agency wrote in a plan for the protest that there were 'no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress.' And the former chief of the Capitol Police has testified that the force had determined that the likelihood of violence was 'improbable.'"
Bolton concluded that the failures were the result of internal dysfunction at the agency.
The Capitol riot resulted in serious questions about the preparedness of various security services that protect the complex, with the House sergeant-at-arms resigning in the wake of the disaster.
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month