Text messages and Facebook messages obtained by ABC News show Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz's wingman, Joel Greenberg, arranging meetings with women for himself and the congressman through "sugar daddy" websites.
Greenberg, who pleaded guilty in May to sex-trafficking of a minor and several other federal charges, reportedly has been cooperating with prosecutors. Investigators believe it was Greenberg who met women through online "sugar daddy" websites and then introduced the women to Gaetz, who also had sex with them.
According to ABC News, Greenberg "has provided investigators with years of Venmo and Cash App transactions and thousands of photos and videos, as well as access to personal social media accounts."
In one of the text message exchanges obtained by the network, from 2018, Greenberg appeared to arrange payment for a woman and ask whether she took drugs.
"I have a friend flying in and we are trying to make plans for tonight. What are your plans for later." Greenberg reportedly wrote to the woman, referring to Gaetz. "And how much of an allowance will you be requiring :)"
The woman responded by saying she had "a friend who introduced (her) to the website that (she) could bring," adding that she typically charges "$400 per meet."
Greenberg then sent the woman a photo of Gaetz taking a selfie with students at Pea Ridge Elementary and wrote, "My friend," ABC News reports.
"Oooh my friend thinks he's really cute!" the woman responded.
Greenberg told the woman that Gaetz was "down here only for the day," and that "we work and and play hard."
"Have you ever tried molly," he wrote, referring to the drug MDMA.
The woman asked if Gaetz used the same website that he had used to meet her.
"He knows the deal :)," Greenberg responded, adding that he would book a "suite Downtown."
In another Facebook message exchange, also from 2018, Greenberg organized a gathering involving Gaetz and women he had been paying for sex at the home of Jason Pirozzolo — the Florida hand doctor who is also a subject of the FBI's sprawling probe — which he referred to as "our safe place."
"You should come meet the group," Greenberg wrote to an unidentified Florida media entrepreneur. "I think it would be a wise investment of time. You might already know Jason Pirrazolo ... but I'd like for you to meet Congressman Matt Gaetz. Gaetz is a wild man, but great dude."
Greenberg added that the gathering would include "6-7 chicks" and "just 3-4 guys."
Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and has repeatedly denied allegations related to the ongoing federal probe.
In a statement to ABC News, Gaetz spokesman Harlan Hill said: "After months of media coverage, not one woman has come forward to accuse Rep. Gaetz of wrongdoing. Not even President Biden can say that. That others might invite people unbeknownst to a U.S. Congressman to functions he may or may not attend is the everyday life of a political figure. Your story references people the congressman doesn't know, things he hasn't done and messages he neither sent nor received. Rep. Gaetz addressed the debunked allegations against him -- and their origin in an extortion plot -- during his Firebrand podcast episode last week. People should download and watch."