A source familiar with the case previously told CNN the ex-girlfriend was expected to testify before the grand jury investigating Gaetz.
The woman, a former Capitol Hill staffer, has been linked to Gaetz as far back as the summer of 2017. Investigators are interested in that period of time because that is when the congressman is accused of having sexual contact with another woman, who was 17 years old at the time.
The ex-girlfriend also could be integral for authorities investigating potential obstruction of justice as the probe into Gaetz’s conduct heated up. CNN has reported that investigators are aware of a discussion that Gaetz and an associate had about talking to her in October 2020.
Multiple people familiar with the matter have told CNN that a grand jury — a group of laymen who hears evidence presented by prosecutors behind closed doors about a potential crime — has been meeting at the George C. Young Federal Annex Courthouse regarding the Gaetz investigation.
The lawyer for the ex-girlfriend, Timothy Jansen, declined to comment. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime. His attorney and spokesman have not responded to requests from CNN for comment.