Gaetz Reportedly Asked Trump White House for Blanket Pardon

Headline Roundup April 7th, 2021

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) privately asked the Trump administration for blanket preemptive pardons for himself and congressional allies, sources for multiple outlets said. Gaetz, an ardent Trump ally, was under investigation by the Department of Justice for sex trafficking at the time; it is unknown whether Trump or Gaetz knew about the investigation then. Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “Gaetz never asked me for a pardon.” Sources told ABC News that while Trump was aware of Gaetz’s request, the White House quickly dismissed it. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing, alleging that the ongoing investigation was part of an extortion attempt. The New York Times first broke this story.

Coverage in right-rated outlets tended to place greater emphasis on Trump’s statement denying that Gaetz asked him for a pardon. Coverage in left-rated outlets was more likely to quote sources and focused on Gaetz’s reported pardon request.

Gaetz Reportedly Asked Trump White House for Blanket Pardon

From the Left
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Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, was one of President Donald J. Trump’s most vocal allies during his term, publicly pledging loyalty and even signing a letter nominating the president for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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.

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From the Center
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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz sought blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and others in Congress during the final days of former President Donald Trump's term, according to reports from the New York Times and Fox News.

Gaetz, an ardent Trump ally during the former president's four years in office, asked Trump aides in January for the president to offer pardons for any given crimes, two Trump associates with knowledge of the request told the Times.

The report comes amid an ongoing scandal for the representative, who is under federal criminal investigation...

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From the Right
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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.

But in a statement Wednesday, Trump said Gaetz never asked him directly: "Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon," Trump said....

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