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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued a statement in defense of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a political ally who is facing a federal investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The statement came after The New York Times reported — and a source told Fox News — that Gaetz once asked Trump White House aides for a preemptive pardon at the end of his term.
The article goes on to state the following:
But in a statement Wednesday, Trump said Gaetz never asked him directly: “Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” Trump said. “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 7, 2021
In a report published Tuesday night, the NY Times noted that Gaetz was one of Trump’s most vocal allies during his presidency, then wrote the following:
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.
Gaetz has emphatically denied ever having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old.
The New York Times said their story was based on interviews with “four people briefed on the exchanges about his pardon request and other Trump confidants,” but did not name any sources.
In the final days of the Trump White House, Rep. Matt Gaetz is said to have asked for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies. https://t.co/iCAaToUCif
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 6, 2021
MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner pushed the story in a news report on Wednesday:
Gaetz Asks Trump for “Blanket Pardon”, Supreme Court Precedent Suggests Requesting a Pardon is an Admission of Guilty. Of course, common sense tells us the exact same thing. Looks like justice is barreling down on Matt Gaetz. #JusticeMatters https://t.co/maV1m6IVHX via @YouTube
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 7, 2021
CNN anchor Jake Tapper also pushed the story on Wednesday, although he did share Trump’s statement saying Gaetz had never asked him for a pardon:
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon from former Pres. Trump but the request was never seriously considered by White House officials, according to sources familiar with the matter. CNN’s @GloriaBorger and WSJ’s Tarini Parti discuss. https://t.co/B8tZQK17mj pic.twitter.com/tAM0Yk2j3C
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) April 7, 2021
CNN’s Chris Cuomo also covered the New York Times’ report on Tuesday night, admitting that CNN hadn’t confirmed the story yet.
“Do innocent people seek out preemptive pardons?” asks @chriscuomo on reports GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon from former President Trump. https://t.co/7uGsNbiost pic.twitter.com/QWIO6SaZ0j
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 7, 2021
CNN host Don Lemon covered the report on Tuesday night also:
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 7, 2021
MSNBC host Chris Hayes highlighted the claim that Gaetz had asked for a pardon as well:
Chris Hayes highlights the time last December when Matt Gaetz went on Hannity and called for Trump to pardon anyone and everyone.
Hayes: “I remember at the time thinking, that’s weird thing to say” pic.twitter.com/fOQoWV6LZH
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 7, 2021
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