Rep. Matt Gaetz
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (Photo: Gage Skidmore)​

On Wednesday, Business Insider reported that friends of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are wary of texting him — and careful of what they say when they do — because they assume FBI agents are monitoring all his communications.

"Matt Gaetz's friends think twice these days before texting the Florida Republican congressman," reported Robin Bravender. "'They know that there's a massive investigation going on,' one Gaetz friend told Insider. 'That makes people hesitant to reach out.'" Another of Gaetz's friends agreed, saying, "It's a natural sort of reaction. No one wants to inject themselves into anything while there's 16 dozen people looking into everything that comes into that phone."

Gaetz has been caught up in a federal investigation into underage sex trafficking, with his former associate, Florida county tax official Joel Greenberg, cooperating with the Justice Department.

The congressman, an ally of former President Donald Trump, denies any criminal activity, and there is currently no indication that prosecutors are seeking an indictment against him — but that hasn't stopped those in his orbit from speculating.

"Gaetz's former classmates at William & Mary Law School recently received a save the date for their 15-year reunion next April. Some joked that Gaetz might attend with federal agents. His former law school classmates are 'anticipating his indictment,' said one of his ex-classmates," said the report. "For now, Florida politicos, Washington Republicans, and others who know Gaetz say they're waiting to see what's next in the legal drama, even though the headlines have died down. 'Everybody's kind of sitting back with popcorn,' said one Republican source who worked with Gaetz in Florida."

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