Trump denies report that Matt Gaetz asked for blanket pardon

Trump denies report that Matt Gaetz asked for blanket pardon

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied a report that claimed embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a blanket pardon from his White House — for himself and unidentified congressional allies — amid a federal probe of underage sex-trafficking allegations.

“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” the 45th commander-in-chief said in an emailed statement. “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Gaetz (R-Fla.) allegedly pushed a pardon effort around the time he was being investigated by the Justice Department for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl that violated sex-trafficking laws, citing two sources familiar with the discussions.

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According to the newspaper, it was unclear whether Gaetz or the White House was aware of the federal probe when he made the request, which aides relayed to the president, adding that it also was unclear whether the pol discussed the matter directly with

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