Joel Greenberg is seeking more time to cooperate before he faces sentencing
Rep. Mat Gaetz’s former ‘wingman’ Joel Greenberg is seeking more time to cooperate with federal prosecutors before he faces sentencing.
Greenberg’s attorney filed a motion on Tuesday in Florida federal court seeking a 90-day delay to his sentencing hearing, which had been scheduled for August 19.
Greenberg, 36, pleaded guilty in May to six of the nearly three dozen charges he faced, including sex trafficking of a minor, and he admitted that he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men.
Now he is cooperating with the FBI in a broader probe. The Justice Department is examining allegations that Gaetz paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl in Florida, where the age of consent is 18.
Gaetz, a Florida Republican, has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them a smear job, and has not been criminally charged.
Greenberg is the former ‘wingman’ of Rep. Matt Gaetz (above), who is currently under FBI investigation into allegations of paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl, which he denies
Greenberg’s attorney filed this motion on Tuesday in Florida federal court seeking a 90-day delay to his sentencing hearing, saying he needs more time to cooperate with prosecutors
In Tuesday’s motion, Greenberg’s attorney argued that his client needed more time to offer up information to the Justice Department, which he agreed to do as part of his plea deal.
‘Pursuant to his plea agreement with the Government, Mr. Greenberg has been cooperating with the Government and has participated in a series of proffers,’ the motion said.
A proffer agreement, also known as ‘Queen for a Day’, is an agreement that allows defendants to divulge information about crimes to prosecutors, while limiting the ability of prosecutors to use the information against the informant.
‘The parties expect that Mr. Greenberg will participate in additional proffers, and a continuance would provide Mr. Greenberg with additional time to do so prior to his sentencing,’ the motion added.
Greenberg’s lawyer said that in addition to the extra time needed to cooperate with investigators, the delay was also needed to iron out restitution and sentencing guideline recommendations.
The motion claimed that prosecutors in the case do not object to delaying Greenberg’s sentencing. A judge has not yet ruled on the request.
Gaetz (center) is seen with Roger Stone (left) and Joel Greenberg. Greenberg, 36, pleaded guilty in May to six charges, including sex trafficking of a minor
Rep. Matt Gaetz and his fiancee, Ginger Luckey arrive at a rally of Former U.S. President Donald Trump at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Saturday in Sarasota, Florida
Gaetz has not avoided the spotlight despite the ongoing investigation, appearing at a rally with Donald Trump on Saturday in Florida, where he again denied the allegations.
‘They always come out to the fighters,’ he said. ‘I’m a canceled man in some corners of the internet but in the core of my bones I’m a Florida man and it feels good to be home.’
Gaetz, a loyal ally of Trump, pledged at the rally to vote for Trump as House speaker if Republicans retake the House next year.
Trump has not expressed interested in running for the House, but the Constitution does not explicitly state that the speaker must be a member of Congress. However, nobody has ever been selected for the post who was not a sitting U.S. representative.
Gaetz has repeatedly insisted on his innocence of any sex crimes, and says that he is not worried that his former pal Greenberg will turn on him.
Gaetz is seen at the Trump rally on Saturday. ‘They always come out to the fighters,’ he said at the rally, dismissing the allegations as a political attack against him
Asked last month if he or his lawyers had been approached by investigators in his home state regarding sex crime allegations, Gaetz swerved and said: ‘Well, I think there’s a lot going on in Florida, my focus is on what’s going on here in Washington.’
Reporters also asked the congressman if he has spoken to his ex-girlfriend about the investigation in Florida, but Gaetz said he wouldn’t divulge personal information to reporters.
‘I would love to be able to share all the people in my life that I talk to and don’t talk to, but unfortunately the people in your profession have doxxed, harassed, threatened people that have been in my life, and so I don’t get into who I talk to and don’t talk to, because I don’t want to put people in jeopardy.’
Gaetz’s ex, who has not been named, is said to have been with him in 2017 – the period investigators are probing.
She is said to be cooperating with prosecutors.