For over a week now, Matt Gaetz has made headlines after it was revealed that he was being investigated for sex trafficking in relation to an underage girl. During this time Donald Trump has remained quiet.
Throughout Trump’s presidency, Gaetz was always a loyal ally. ON Tuesday, it was leaked from White House sources that Gaetz had asked Trump for a preemptive pardon during the last days of Trump’s presidency.
On Wednesday, Trump made a brief statement on Gaetz stating only that “Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon. It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him,” Trump stated.
Reportedly sources told the New York Times that aides told Trump of the request, but that it was unclear if Trump and Gaetz ever discussed the request in person.
Gaetz has denied allegations that he had sexual relations with an underage girl. The Justice Department is currently investigating whether Gaetz broke sex trafficking laws by paying the underage girl to travel with him across state lines.
Gaetz says that the allegations are part of an extortion plot to defraud his family of $25 million. He claims that the FBI was currently investigating the situation. “I have a plan that can make his future legal and political problems go away,” the message to Don Gaetz appears to say.
Gaetz says that the extortion plot is connected to missing FBI agent Robert Levinson. Gaetz reportedly handed over text messages from former Air Force intelligence officer, Bob Kent.
Kent says that no threats or demands were ever made in the messages he sent to Gaetz.
“Matt Gaetz was in need, or if the allegations are true, he’s in need of some goodwill from the government. I’m in need of a sponsor to fund the rescue project,” Kent stated.
“There is no threat. I don’t have anything to do with the indictment. I don’t have anything to do with the investigation into Matt Gaetz,” he added.
On Tuesday, Gaetz began sending out emails and is using the scandal as a fundraiser. He referred to the situation as a “smear campaign.”
“The far-left New York Times has been publishing salacious allegations against me in an attempt to end my career fighting for the forgotten men and women of this country. It is a shame that the Left tries to drag my dating life into their political attacks, but it’s no surprise – when your ideas suck, you have to stoop this low.”
Gaetz has vehemently denied that he paid for sex or “slept with” a minor as an adult himself. If he did, that is a crime in many states by itself, but traveling across state lines to have sex invokes the age of 18, the federal age of consent.
On Monday, Gaetz wrote an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, comparing his situation by pointing to former President Bill Clinton and the current sex scandals of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Clinton and Cuomo are both Democrats:
“My lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now, but it was not and is not illegal. I defended Rep. Katie Hill’s ‘throuple’ when her own Democratic colleagues wouldn’t. I just didn’t think it was anyone’s business.”
Hill was forced out of Congress over a relationship with a subordinate and photos made public without her consent. She spoke up about the Gaetz scandal this week:
“Let me state it as clearly as possible: If despite his denials, Matt Gaetz did have sex with a minor, if he did provide girls and young women with drugs and money and gifts in exchange for sex, if he did ask these girls and young women to recruit other women for the same purpose, and if he did show his colleagues images of nude women without their consent, he needs to be held responsible. If there is even a fraction of truth to these reports, he should resign immediately.”
This is a developing story.