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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl) speaks during the "Save America Summit" at the Trump National Doral golf resort on April 09, 2021 in Doral, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Staff via Getty Images

Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admitted to a variety of federal charges including sex trafficking a minor, the New York Times reported Friday citing court papers.

Why it matters: Investigators believe Greenberg introduced women to Gaetz for paid sex and are looking into the Florida congressman's alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Greenberg could be a key witness as federal prosecutors decide whether to charge Gaetz.

Details: Gaetz's name does not appear in the court filing, but Greenberg admitted that he recruited women for commercial sex acts and paid them more than $70,000 between 2016 and 2018, including at least one underage girl.

  • Greenberg said he provided drugs to the girl and introduced her to "other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts" with her, per the documents.
  • Prosecutors say they have evidence that backs up Greenberg's admissions, including his communications and transactions with the girl, as well as the dates of their alleged sexual encounters.

What's next: Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to the six federal charges in Orlando on Monday, per AP.

The big picture: Gaetz has faced a flood of backlash from both parties since the investigation became public.

  • GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and others have called for him to resign.
  • The House Ethics Committee launched its own investigation into Gaetz in April.
  • Of note: The Florida congressman denies all accusations. "I’ve been, you know, generous as a partner," Gaetz told Axios in March. "I think someone is trying to make that look criminal when it is not."

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Thousands of migrant children have been released by the Biden administration to caretakers in the U.S. as part of the government's program for unaccompanied minors — but there's little-to-no visibility about what's happened to them.

Flashback: During the Trump administration, there was outrage when a top official told Congress his agency was unable to verify the locations of about 1,500 kids released to sponsors. Today, the agency in charge won't answer questions about its efforts to keep track of these vulnerable children.

Investors fear inflation, labor shortages in second half of 2021

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Investors entered 2021 concerned about the transition to a new U.S. president, the form of new fiscal stimulus, the distribution of vaccines and the reopening of the economy. Now, top risks include supply chain bottlenecks, labor shortages, inflation and slower GDP growth.

Why it matters: Stocks have rallied almost unabated for over a year, leaving many to wonder if the market is overdue for a big selloff. Last week's declines amplify those concerns.

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Scoop: Trump works refs ahead of book barrage

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Former President Trump has given at least 22 interviews for 17 different books since leaving office, with authors lining up at Mar-a-Lago as he labors to shape a coming tsunami of Trump tomes, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Trump advisers see the coming book glut as proof that interest in "POTUS 45," as they call him, has never been higher. These advisers know that most of the books will paint a mixed picture, at best. But Trump is working the refs with charm, spin and dish.

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