Committee 1/6 has testimony that Rep. Matt Gaetz requested a preemptive pardon for the child sex trafficking investigation.
The Washington Post reported:
JJohnny McEntee told investigators Gaetz told investigators during a brief meeting “that they are opening an investigation against him or that there is an investigation against him,” according to people familiar with his testimony, without specifying who is investigating Gaetz .
McEntee added that Gaetz told him, “He hasn’t done anything wrong, but they’re trying to make his life hell, and you know, if the President could give him a pardon, that would be great.” Gaetz told McEntee, He asked White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for forgiveness.
When asked by investigators if Gaetz’s request for a pardon was related to the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, McEntee replied, “I think that was the context, yes.”
There is now evidence that Matt Gaetz asked for a pardon
Matt Gaetz wouldn’t need a pardon if he hadn’t done anything wrong, and it’s impossible to get a pardon without admitting wrongdoing, so the kind of pardon Gaetz seemed to be seeking doesn’t exist. Rep. Gaetz wanted a literal jail card, a blank sheet of paper with Trump’s signature on it for him to fill out the details later.
Even Donald Trump would not approach Gaetz and the child trafficking investigation. Matt Gaetz continues to be a vocal Trump loyalist because it’s possible he needs the former president back in office to stay out of jail.
Innocent people do not ask for pre-emptive pardons. It has been reported that there will be no announcement of possible charges against Gaetz until after the midterm elections, but Matt Gaetz has been working hard to get a pardon before Trump leaves office because he may soon be swapping the People’s House for the Great House.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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