Gaetz, under investigation for sex allegations, sought blanket pardon from Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 7, 2021

As then-President Trump's term wound down, Matt Gaetz, one of Trump's staunchest allies, privately asked for a blanket pre-emptive pardon, two sources tell the New York Times. The pardons would have shielded them from any crimes they may have committed.

The Florida Republican's request was viewed by White House officials as a nonstarter, the people told the Times, and was ultimately never granted.

"Entry-level political operatives have conflated a pardon call from Representative Gaetz - where he called for President Trump to pardon "everyone from himself, to his administration, to Joe Exotic" - with these false and increasingly freaky, partisan allegations against him", a spokesperson told the Times. The Times noted that it was not clear whether Gaetz directly addressed the matter with Trump, though aides were said to have relayed the request.

PHOTO: Rep. Matt Gaetz accompanies President Donald Trump to Game 5 of the World Series baseball in Washington, Oct. 27, 2019.

But the eyebrow-raising advice from Gaetz is being viewed in a new light considering reports that he is now being investigated over allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. "It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him", Trump asserted, in a statement released to media from his post-presidential office.

"Just as they once falsely attacked President Donald Trump as a Russian asset, Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, and even John McCain as having fathered a child out of wedlock, they now attack me".

The investigation, multiple media outlets report, is tied to the indictment of former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, who goes to trial later this year on trafficking charges. "And she was actually threatened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation [and] told that if she wouldn't cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay-for-play scheme, that she could face trouble". "No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation".

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