President Donald Trump released a statement completely debunking a story dropped by the New York Times where they claimed Congressman Matt Gaetz had asked him for a pardon.
The Times tried linking the alleged pardon request to the Justice Department’s investigation into Gaetz over an alleged relationship with a 17-year old.
The New York Times reports:
In the final weeks of Mr. Trump’s term, Mr. Gaetz sought something in return. He privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed, according to two people told of the discussions.
Around that time, Mr. Gaetz was also publicly calling for broad pardons from Mr. Trump to thwart what he termed the “bloodlust” of their political opponents. But Justice Department investigators had begun questioning Mr. Gaetz’s associates about his conduct, including whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old that violated sex trafficking laws, in an inquiry that grew out of the case of an indicted associate in Florida.
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