At the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday night, former president Donald Trump gave a rambling speech to a sparsely populated audience while purportedly endorsing Republican Senate candidate JD Vance. He at one point made a comparison between the GOP candidate and Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
In a previous post on Truth Social, Trump referred to the gathering as a “sold out juggernaut” and asserted that most candidates, including Vance, would lose if it weren’t for his rallies and endorsements.
In his statements, he also made fresh, absurd allegations against the Biden administration by asserting that the federal government is currently threatening his followers with lengthy prison terms unless they agree to speak poorly of him.
“The thugs and tyrants attacking our movement … have no idea of the sleeping giant that they have awoken,” he added in reference to the Maga movement.
According to a source, Matt Gaetz told a former member of the White House staff that he hoped to obtain a pre-emptive pardon from then-President Trump in relation to a Department of Justice investigation into him.
According to sources familiar with the hearing, Donald Trump White House aide Johnny McEntee testified before the US House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack that he received the request from Rep. Gaetz around the time of the Capitol siege.
McEntee gave evidence According to The Washington Post, Gaetz told the president that he was aware of the inquiry into his actions and that “he did not do anything wrong but they are trying to make his life horrible, and you know, if the president could issue him a pardon, that would be fantastic.” Gaetz claimed to have requested White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for a pardon, according to McEntee’s testimony.
It was originally revealed in 2021 that the Department of Justice was looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a minor and paid her to travel with him. This investigation is still ongoing.
Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and continues to deny any wrongdoing.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz discussed pardons for many other people publicly and privately at the end of President Donald Trump’s first term,” a spokesman for Rep. Gaetz told Insider in an email. “As for himself, President Trump addressed this malicious rumor more than a year ago stating, ‘Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon.’ Rep. Gaetz continues to stand by President Trump’s statement.”