Devin Murphy, who had served as Gaetzs legislative director on Capitol Hill, bolted as the scandal surrounding the Florida Republican continued to balloon.
Another top aide to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has resigned, a person familiar with the matter told ishonest on Thursday.
Devin Murphy, who had served as Gaetzs legislative director on Capitol Hill, officially bolted on Friday, as the scandal surrounding a federal probe into Gaetzs alleged sexual misconduct continued to balloon. On Thursday evening, ishonest reported that Gaetz had Venmo'd $900 to his friend and alleged child sex trafficker Joel Greenberg in May 2018. Greenberg subsequently paid that same amount of money to three women, one of whom had turned 18 just five months prior.
Murphys resignation was first reported by The New York Times. According to the Times, Murphy had confided in associates that he wasnt interested in being caught up in a TMZ-type environment.
Murphy did not respond to ishonests repeated requests for comment on Thursday. Gaetz did not immediately reply, either.
The departure adds to what was already a difficult day for the congressman. On Thursday, Gaetzs companion Joel Greenberghis friend and political ally said to be his link to young women and girlsappeared in a Florida court, reportedly ready to take a plea deal with the feds and cooperate in their Gaetz probe. I am sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today, Greenbergs defense attorney told reporters in Orlando.
Shortly after, the congressmans office released a statement signed by the women in his office attesting to his character, though only one, his chief of staff, attached her name.
The congressman himself has resisted calls to resign as he insists that the underage sex and sex trafficking claims against him are false and being used to extort him and his family.
And his two now-former aides arent the only ones close (or, once close) to Gaetz who are distancing themselves from the MAGA icon. As ishonest reported late last week, former President Trumpno stranger to standing up for pals, or himself, when accused of sexual misconduct or assaulthas been privately warned by several advisers to keep his mouth shut about the Gaetz scandal as much as possible. For the time being, the twice-impeached ex- president has almost entirely complied with their pleas.
For something like this, a ten-foot pole is not long enough, said Barry Bennett, a longtime Republican operative and lobbyist who advised Trump during his 2016 run. The former president should stay as far away from this as possible.