Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., could face obstruction charges amid a Justice Department investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the congressman.

Sources familiar with the matter told Politico that federal prosecutors are looking into a phone call between Gaetz and a witness. The witness was believed to be talking to Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, who then conferenced the congressman into the call.

Investigators have learned details about the chat, including a discussion about speaking to the ex-girlfriend about the sex crime investigation back in October 2020 before the accusations were public.

Federal prosecutors are trying to determine if Gaetz or his associates interfered with the investigation or visited the ex-girlfriend.

Gaetz, 39, has not been charged with a crime. Gaetz's spokesperson insisted that Gaetz did not break any laws.

"Congressman Gaetz pursues justice, he doesn’t obstruct it," spokesperson Harlan Hill said in a statement. 

"The anonymous allegations have thus far amounted to lies, wrapped in leaks, rooted in an extortion plot by a former DOJ official. After two months, there is still not a single on-record accusation of misconduct, and now the ‘story’ is changing yet again," the statement read.

The latest news about potential criminal charges surrounding Gaetz comes more than two weeks after his associate Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges, including sex trafficking. 

As part of his plea deal, Greenberg admitted to knowingly paying a 17-year-old girl for sex and later contacted her amid the investigation to “make sure their stories would line up.”

Greenberg remains in jail and is awaiting sentencing.

Matt Gaetz, a US congressman from Florida, addressed the first night of the Republican National Convention which was largely being held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic Matt Gaetz, a US congressman from Florida, addressed the first night of the Republican National Convention which was largely being held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic Photo: Republican National Convention / -