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Rep. Matt Gaetz probe, Biden's infrastructure plan, Derek Chauvin trial: 5 things to know Wednesday


Shockwaves being felt after Gaetz confirms he is under investigation

In what is likely to be a much-discussed topic in the media and beyond Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., confirmed Tuesday he is under investigation for his sexual conduct after a New York Times report that the Department of Justice is looking into whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The alleged encounter under investigation occurred about two years ago, the Times reported, and a DOJ investigation began near the end of the Trump administration late in 2020. It should be noted that charges have not been filed against the Florida congressman and he said in a statement that he believes the investigation is related to an effort to extort him. According to Times sources, the investigation into Gaetz is part of a broader probe into Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector and an acquaintance of Gaetz. Greenberg is facing charges that include child sex trafficking and pleaded not guilty.

Biden to roll out infrastructure plan

President Joe Biden reveals his infrastructure package on Wednesday, potentially facing the same obstacle as his predecessor: How to pay for it. Biden will roll out the proposal at a Pittsburgh event. “He’s going to have a plan to pay for it,” press secretary Jen Psaki said. “He also believes that we have an opportunity to rebalance, to address our tax code that is out of date, and some could pay more in our country that are not currently.” Putting aside whether increases in income or corporate taxes could get through the narrowly divided Senate, it would be a further shift away from a “user pays” model for highways that started in the 1950s.

Derek Chauvin’s murder trial continues after emotional testimonies

Derek Chauvin’s murder trial continues on Wednesday and Genevieve Hansen, a Minneapolis firefighter who voiced frustration at being prevented from using her EMT training to help George Floyd, will be back on the stand following an emotional day in court on Tuesday. A series of witnesses took the stand and several broke down in tears, including Hansen, as they recounted their memory of the day Floyd died. Through tears, Darnella Frazier, who recorded the infamous video showing Floyd’s death, was one of five who testified in the murder trial of the former police officer. “It seemed like he knew. It seemed like he knew it was over for him,” she said. Other witnesses Tuesday included:


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