(RepublicanInformer.com)- President Donald Trump has weighed into the shocking claims about Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch supporter of the former president and his agenda.
The former president hasn’t specifically said whether or not he understands the allegations against Gaetz to be true – which include claims that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and traveled across state lines with her – but he did deny rumors that the congressman solicited a pardon from him before leaving the White House.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” former President Trump said. “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”
The statement was issued on Wednesday in response to the claims by the New York Times that Gaetz had approached the former president with the idea of a “blanket pre-emptive” pardon for himself and other unidentified congressional allies for crimes that they either committed or might be accused of having committed.
The Times made the claim based on, you guessed it, anonymous sources who said that they had knowledge of the discussions that allegedly took place.
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Gaetz has insisted since this story broke last month that he was at the center of an extortion scandal, with a former intel official attempting to blackmail his family for more than 20 million dollars in order to make the story go away.
Bob Kent, a former Air Force intelligence officer who is accused by Gaetz of having attempted to blackmail his family, denied the claims during an interview with fake news propaganda outlet CNN.
“There were no threats,” Kent said. “There were no demands.”
Gaetz, however, says that his father, Don Gaetz, was given a proposal by two men to help his son as long as he donated money to help locate former FBI agent Robert Levinson in Iran.
Documents obtained by the Washington Examiner, including text messages, reportedly confirmed the claims made by Gaetz – including a message from someone claiming that they could make all of Gaetz’s “future legal and political problems go away.”
The story is certainly one of the most explosive of the year, and you can bet this is going to get bigger.
But for now, at least President Trump has ruled out claims that Gaetz sought a pardon.