Gaetz sought pardon from Trump over DOJ probe into intercourse trafficking allegations: file - The Hill

A former White condominium aide advised the apartment committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol assault that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) sought a pardon from former President Trump over the department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into intercourse trafficking allegations against him, The Washington submit mentioned on Saturday, citing sources conventional with the testimony.

Former Trump aide Johnny McEntee referred to Gaetz informed him he had requested former White condo chief of body of workers Mark Meadows for a preemptive pardon, the put up reported. McEntee advised the committee that he understood the pardon to be in reference to the DOJ probe.

The Justice department is investigating allegations that Gaetz paid for intercourse, paid for girls to shuttle throughout state lines to have intercourse and had a sexual relationship with a minor. Gaetz denies the allegations.

The committee up to now showed McEntee announcing in a videotaped deposition that Gaetz informed him he asked Meadows for a pardon

It additionally offered testimony from different former Trump aides naming Gaetz as one among a couple of Republican lawmakers who sought pardons from Trump. Gaetz and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) encouraged for a “blanket pardon” for lawmakers who participated in a December 2020 meeting where efforts to overturn the election were discussed, former White condo aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified. When requested with the aid of the committee if Gaetz changed into in search of a pardon, Eric Herschmann, a former Trump White residence lawyer, spoke back in a taped deposition that he believed so and that Gaetz’s pardon request became "for any and all issues."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-ill.), a member of the committee, also introduced an electronic mail from Brooks wherein the Alabama congressman requested presidential pardons for himself, Gaetz, and lawmakers who objected to the Electoral faculty vote for Arizona and Pennsylvania.

however, McEntee's testimony as suggested via the post is the first to indicate that Gaetz sought a pardon in reference to the Justice department's investigation into the sex trafficking allegations, though there has been speculation.

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The long island instances pronounced in April 2021 that Gaetz had sought a blanket pardon from Trump within the ultimate weeks of his presidency, noting this got here as the congressman was being investigated by way of the DOJ for allegedly violating sex trafficking laws. Trump denied the allegations that Gaetz had directly requested for a blanket pardon. 

"Congressman Matt Gaetz mentioned pardons for a lot of different people publicly and privately on the conclusion of President Donald Trump's first term," a spokesperson for Gaetz observed in a press release. "As for himself, President Trump addressed this malicious rumor more than a year in the past pointing out, 'Congressman Matt Gaetz has by no means requested me for a pardon.' Rep. Gaetz continues to face by using President Trump's remark."

The Jan. 6 committee and Trump’s crew did not automatically reply to requests for comment.

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