According to Matt Gaetz, he is entirely innocent of allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution, including involving a minor that the Justice Department is currently investigating.”First I have never, ever paid for sex,” the Florida Republican wrote in an op-ed published in the conservative Washington Examiner on Monday. “And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old.”Words are one thing. Actions are another. And Gaetz’s actions — in the final days of the Trump administration — suggest a man who was worried about possible legal exposure.Gaetz tried to secure a blanket preemptive pardon for himself (and his congressional allies) in the dying embers of Donald Trump’s time in the White House, two people familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Then She TALKS !!
Which, whoa. People who know they have done nothing wrong are not usually in the business of seeking a preemptive pardon from the President of the United States on his way out the door. Right? Right! Now, The New York Times, which first reported the story, notes that it’s unclear whether Gaetz knew about the DOJ investigation at the time that he asked for the pardon. And, according to the Times, he never informed the White House, which never seriously considered his request, that he was under federal investigation. (That could, of course, be because Gaetz didn’t know he was under investigation.)”Entry-level political operatives have conflated a pardon call from Representative Gaetz — where he called for President Trump to pardon ‘everyone from (Trump), to his administration, to Joe Exotic’ — with these false and increasingly bizarre, partisan allegations against him,” a Gaetz spokesperson told the Times.