No charges have been filed against Gaetz, and he has denied all charges against him. The Florida Republican stared at those allegations, pursuing a familiar, in-your-face strategy perfected over the past four years by Trump, fueling his unconventional rise.
Few GOP allies speak out on his behalf, and most Republicans keep quiet while the federal investigation hangs over his head.
The investigation includes investigating a trip to the Bahamas and whether women were paid to travel for sex with the Florida Republican congressman and others, a possible federal crime, the sources said.
CNN has previously reported that investigators have also investigated allegations that Gaetz had had sex with an underage girl who was 17 at the time and other women who were given drugs and money in violation of sex trafficking and prostitution laws.
Gaetz’s lawyers declined to comment.
Investigators are considering Gaetz’s connections with several Florida partners who may have benefited politically in exchange for providing congressman benefits, including escorts, travel and campaign donations, the sources said.
The investigation includes allegations from witnesses and other evidence that Gaetz may have used cash and drugs in his dealings with young women, CNN previously reported.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
Annie Grayer and Sunlen Serfaty contributed to this story.