“Matt Gaetz never asked me for a pardon. People should remember that he has completely denied the allegations against him,” Trump said.
The NY Times story claimed that “At the end of Trump’s term, Rep. Gaetz asked for something in exchange” for his loyalty. “He discreetly asked the Trump administration for a total and pre-emptive pardon for himself and unidentified allies in congress for any crimes they might have committed, according to two individuals who knew of the discussions.”
This comes as the allegations against Congressman Gaetz seem to be coming apart.
On Monday, Bob Kent, one of the people accused of extorting money from Congressman Gaetz, admitted asking Gaetz’s father for $25 million, but said it was not a shakedown. However, a recent Washington Examiner report says that Gaetz, “has screenshots of text messages and emails that prove his claims that an investigation into his connection with a 17-year-old is related to an extortion scheme against him.” According to the screenshots, Gaetz’s father, Don Gaetz, a former Florida state Senator got a text message from Kent proposing “a plan that can make Matt Gaetz’s future political and legal problems vanish.”
Author: Blake Ambrose