Trump claims Gaetz 'never asked me for a pardon'

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) “has never asked me for a pardon,” disputing a New York Times report that Gaetz asked the former president for a blanket pardon as Trump’s term in office was coming to a close. The Times’ story did not say that Gaetz directly asked Trump himself for a pardon, reporting it was “unclear” whether Gaetz actually spoke with the then-president about the request for himself and “unidentified congressional allies.” A spokesperson for Trump declined to comment to the Times for its story. Trump’s White House shot down Gaetz’s request for a pardon under the thinking that it “would set a bad precedent,” the Times reported. The report comes as Gaetz faces a Department of Justice investigation — launched before Trump left office — over an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old as well as related accusations of sex trafficking

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By Ben Leonard

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