Matt Gaetz sought preemptive pardon in final weeks of Trump's presidency

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 7, 2021

(CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz privately sought blanket preemptive pardons for himself and his congressional allies during the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency, two people familiar with the discussions told The New York Times.

The investigation targeting Gaetz was launched previous year when Trump was still president, sources familiar with the matter have told ABC News.

But the effort fuels fresh scrutiny of Gaetz after it became public that the Justice Department is investigating him over allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution, including involving a minor, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

In this context, Gaetz claimed that he is not a monk and certainly not a criminal, and wrote on Facebook that he will fight like a demon for his voters and for his country.

In the opinion of the Florida Democrats, Gaetz -during his political career- has created a toxic and unsuitable work environment for women. It's not clear whether the White House or Gaetz were aware of the ongoing investigation at the time.

Gaetz previously voiced his support for Trump's presidential pardons, appearing on Laura Ingraham's Fox News show on November 24 to declare that Trump should "pardon Michael Flynn, he should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey, he should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to". "So I think the president ought to wield that pardon power effectively and robustly".

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