Rep. Matt Gaetz requested a preemptive pardon from former President Donald Trump while he was being investigated by the Justice Department, sources familiar with the discussions told the New York Times.
The report, published Tuesday, said it was unclear whether Gaetz was aware of the investigation when he made the request, and the Florida Republican is said to have asked that other congressional allies be given the same treatment.
Last week, it was revealed that federal officials have been investigating the 38-year-old Gaetz since last summer over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. In an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, the congressman denied he “slept with” a 17-year-old girl, said he is being subject to “false allegations,” and insisted he won’t resign. Gaetz also claims he is a target of extortion.
A spokesperson for Gaetz denied that the congressman sought a pardon in connection to the