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Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) late Thursday called for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to resign amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

Why it matters: Kinzinger is the first congressional Republican to publicly demand Gaetz step down. Gaetz has denied allegations of being sexually involved with a 17-year-old, telling Axios in an interview last month that the investigation is "rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million."

What they're saying: "Matt Gaetz needs to resign," Kinzinger tweeted late Thursday, linking to a Daily Beast article about allegations against Gaetz.

  • The article alleges that Gaetz paid his close friend Joel Greenberg, who is said to be negotiating a plea deal on sex trafficking charges, $900 in two late-night Venmo transactions.
  • Greenberg then sent three young women Venmo transactions totaling $900, with the captions “Tuition,” “School,” and “School," according to the Daily Beast.
  • A Gaetz representative from PR firm the Logan Circle Group told the Beast in a statement: "The rumors, gossip and self-serving misstatements of others will be addressed in due course by my legal team."

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Gaetz associate negotiating plea deal in sex trafficking case

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) speaking at CPAC in February 2021 in Orlando. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Joel Greenberg, an associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), is in plea negotiations after being charged with sex trafficking of a minor, according to his lawyer, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: A plea deal may indicate that Greenberg, a former tax collector in Seminole County, Florida, is open to cooperating with investigators by providing information though it's unknown how deep the negotiations are.

Gaetz to speak at pro-Trump women's conference amid sex trafficking probe

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is currently under federal investigation for possible sex trafficking, is set to speak at a conservative women's conference at former President Trump's Miami golf course on Friday.

What's happening: The Women for America First group will host Gaetz at Trump National Doral golf course, in addition to fellow Florida GOP Reps. Byron Donalds and Kat Cammack.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
37 mins ago - Economy & Business

The great venture capital resignation

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

A growing number of top VCs are calling it quits, long before typical retirement age.

Between the lines: Generational turnover isn't new for venture capital, but in the past it's been born of lean times. What we're seeing now is the byproduct of unprecedented success.

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