WASHINGTON - Second Senior Assistant to Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, has suddenly resigned in recent days as Congressman tries to push back Department of Justice sex trafficking investigation and growing public scrutiny , saltthere are three people close to the decision.
Assistant Devin Murphy resigned his post as Mr Gaetz 's legislative director on Friday. He told his associates he was interested in drafting bills, not working at TMZ - equating the work Mr Gaetz's assistants now did with the tabloid publication, according to one of the people. , who all asked not to be identified while discussing sensitive staff
His departure last week came hours after the communications director of Mr. Gaetz, Luke Ball, also resigned . They were among the most senior members of the Congressman's staff in Washington and their outputs suggest that evento me if he promises to stay in the House, Mr. Gaetz risks being faced with a cutout from his support team.
Mr. Murphy, who had worked for Mr. Gaetz since joining Congress in 2017, declined to comment on Thursday, but his LinkedIn page recorded that he had quit his post this month. The congressman's office also declined to comment. One of the people who confirmed Mr Murphy's departure said the separation was not in dispute.
Mr. Gaetz faced another setback on Thursday The day government lawyers and a key ally of the scandal, Joel Greenberg, told the court that he was likely to plead guilty , indicating that he could cooperate with investigators.Justice is looking into whether Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Gaetz broke federal sex trafficking laws by paying women for sex and having sex with a 17-year-old girl in exchange for something of value.
With few outside allies coming to his defense, Mr Gaetz's office on Thursday released a statement from women who work for him extolling his respect for them. It was simply signed “Women in the Office of US Congressman Matt Gaetz,” with no signatories named.
"Congressman Gaetz has always been a leader," he said. “At no time have any of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect. No hint of impropriety. Not a hint of a lie. "
Citing media reports on the Justice Department's investigation, the communique says women "consistently reject these claims as false." "