Former President Donald Trump stepped into the growing scandal concerning Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), declaring in a statement on Wednesday that claims by The New York Times that Gaetz requested a pardon from him are are made up.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” Trump wrote in a press release. “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 7, 2021
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Gaetz had asked the former president to issue him a preemptive pardon. Gaetz is currently under investigation regarding an alleged 17-year-old girl brought across state lines for sexual activities.
Gaetz has denied the allegations. The Congressman has instead argued his family has been targeted by an extortion scheme for $25 million.
The Congressman stated he will not resign over the allegations. He claimed his opponents are “just repeating false allegations about a congressman who loathes the swamp and fights both sides of it on a daily basis.”
Nathan Nelson, a former Gaetz aide, has stated he was questioned by the FBI regarding whether he’d left the job because he knew of Gaetz’s “involvement in illegal activities.”
“I’m here this morning to state that nothing could be farther from the truth. Neither I nor any other member of Congressman Gaetz’s staff had any knowledge of illegal activities,” Nelson reported.
Gaetz’s investigation continues, leaving many Americans uncertain regarding the situation. Trump has denied the latest allegation against him, but Gaetz faces additional battles as he seeks to clear his name.