Matt Gaetz sought a blanket preemptive pardon from Donald Trump

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Rep. Matt Gaetz never had much power in Congress. For a brief moment, Republicans had the majority in the House, and Gaetz was just another loyal MAGA vote for the Trump agenda. When Democrats got the majority back in the House, Gaetz fashioned himself as a MAGA extremist, one of dozens of loud, hysterical lunatics screaming constantly on Trump’s favorite radio shows and Fox News. While Trump appreciates “loyalty,” even he couldn’t remember Matt Gaetz. Gaetz was just another faceless, soulless MAGA guy. So of course Trump never considered pardoning Gaetz, even though Gaetz did request a blanket pardon from the Trump White House. As it turns out, Gaetz had some idea that he was under investigation for human trafficking, solicitation and statutory rape.

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, was one of President Donald J. Trump’s most vocal allies during his term, publicly pledging loyalty and even signing a letter nominating the president for the Nobel Peace Prize. In the final weeks of Mr. Trump’s term, Mr. Gaetz sought something in return. He privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed, according to two people told of the discussions.

Around that time, Mr. Gaetz was also publicly calling for broad pardons from Mr. Trump to thwart what he termed the “bloodlust” of their political opponents. But Justice Department investigators had begun questioning Mr. Gaetz’s associates about his conduct, including whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old that violated sex trafficking laws, in an inquiry that grew out of the case of an indicted associate in Florida.

It was unclear whether Mr. Gaetz or the White House knew at the time about the inquiry, or who else he sought pardons for. Mr. Gaetz did not tell White House aides that he was under investigation for potential sex trafficking violations when he made the request. But top White House lawyers and officials viewed the request for a pre-emptive pardon as a nonstarter that would set a bad precedent, the people said.

Aides told Mr. Trump of the request, though it is unclear whether Mr. Gaetz discussed the matter directly with the president. Mr. Trump ultimately pardoned dozens of allies and others in the final months of his presidency, highlighting his willingness to wield his power to help close supporters and lash out against the criminal justice system. In recent days, some Trump associates have speculated that Mr. Gaetz’s request for a group pardon was an attempt to camouflage his own potential criminal exposure.

Gaetz’s spokesman said in a statement: “Entry-level political operatives have conflated a pardon call from Representative Gaetz — where he called for President Trump to pardon ‘everyone from himself, to his administration, to Joe Exotic’ — with these false and increasingly bizarre, partisan allegations against him. Those comments have been on the record for some time, and President Trump even retweeted the congressman, who tweeted them out himself.”

[From The NY Times]

Womp womp. Gaetz tried so hard to please his Trump-daddy and daddy wouldn’t even help him with a lil’ pardon. I keep thinking about how reckless and completely CRIMINAL Gaetz must have been for the Trump-Barr DOJ to open an investigation. How far-reaching was Gaetz’s prostitution and human-trafficking ring? Apparently, Gaetz was barely even covering his tracks. All of this stuff was being conducted in hotels, and there are ATM, Apple Pay, Venmo records and all that.


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  1. Andy says:

    Womp womp is right. Please please news gods… let 2021 be the year we watch this moron go down for good.

    • This is the same guy whose relationship with his “adopted” (no legal paperwork exists) adult son whom he took in when the guy was a teenager. Shady as F—k in my opinion.

  2. KatianaD says:

    « White House lawyers and officials viewed the request for a pre-emptive pardon as a nonstarter that would set a bad precedent »
    Thank god. Trump (by giving pardons we don’t agree with) has shown why pardons are so bad. especially the fact that he pardonned soldiers killing Iraqis for no reason. Right, that’s the kind of person who should be walking our streets 🙄😠. Also, that is something people keep bringing up about the US. Gives the us a bad reputation, which trump is probably happy about since he’s happy any time Biden has difficulty

  3. MrsF2u says:

    Of course he did. That tells me he’s guilty as hell.

    The GOP really thought they were going to win.

    That’s why Barr opened those investigations. Kept folks on the Trump Train.

    Problem is – Garland is in charge now. All he has to do is let them proceed.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      This is exactly what I think, too. Barr left right after he opened this one. Like he knew something bad was coming.

      • Is this Ivanka’s move says:

        Or, and the more I hear the more I think this, that they knew they were out and Biden was in. They decided to sacrifice him cause he’s not important enough to them so Ivanka could run for his Congress seat as she’s not eligible to run for Senate in Florida yet

  4. FYI says:

    WHO are the congressional allies for whom he requested pre-emptive pardons? That’s what I want to know.

    • Red Snapper says:

      Where does Nestor fit into all of this? So bizarre

    • Ponchorella says:

      That was my immediate thought as well.

      • PippiLongdivision says:

        I suspect Nestor is/was a cover for getting access to teenage girls and having them around. So he could pull some “she’s my ‘son’s’ friend” horsesh*t because of the age bracket.

  5. fluffy says:

    Trump pulled a Mariah Carey on Gaetz…”I don’t know her.” Pronoun intended.

  6. Coji says:

    He’s one of those people who have a face that matches their evil little soul.

  7. BlueNailsBetty says:

    Here’s my tinfoil hat theory:

    Matt wanted to be the new Jeffrey Epstein. Being in Congress was just a way to gain some power as well as making contact with people who are as deviant as he is AND who have the power to keep this quiet. Unfortunately for Matt, he is a loud mouth who can’t shut up and a narcissist who desperately needs attention.

    Sidenote: Don Jr. wants to be the new DJT. So of course he and Matt hit it off.

    I really hope someone is investigating Don Jr.’s role in this mess.

  8. Giddy says:

    That picture of Gaetz with Nestor and Little Donnie gives me the heebie-jeebies. Matt sure thought that he was part of the power structure until Trump swatted him.

  9. Esmom says:

    I saw this last night and lol’d. Now it make sense why Gaetz was so utterly obsequious to Trump. I remember toward the end of Trump’s term he randomly tweeted something like “Trump is our best, most handsome president” and it seemed so over the top, even for a MAGA. And of course he was very vocal about “Antifa” being behind the insurrection.

    I’m delighted that his desperate efforts utterly failed.

    • Maida says:

      It’s crazy that people keep expecting Trump to be loyal to them, when he’s shown repeatedly that he only grants favors that help HIM.

  10. (The OG) Jan90067 says:

    One thing bothers me though…. can/did The Former Guy do any of these blanket pardons and take them with him to hold his power over them? You know, pre-sign, but not give…. because we don’t/won’t know WHO has gotten one until it’s time to whip it out when someone is indicted.

    I wouldn’t put it past TFG to try and SELL them at this point.

  11. Rapunzel says:

    And once again, Trump leaves a loyal follower in the lurch. 🤣🤣🤣

    I know there’s been talk of possible “pocket pardons” we don’t know about, but I think if there are, they’re only for folks named Trump…and possibly Kushner. I suspect everyone else gets to fend for themselves.

    Trump is trying to build a political dynasty. He’s failing, but trying. No way he wants to be associated with pardoning certain folks. Gaetz is one of them.

  12. Lizzie says:

    There seems to be only one line trump doesn’t cross – he fell out with epstein too. However I could be wrong.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Trump taught Epstein everything he knew, including putting cameras in every room. There was a rumor that they fell out over a tween they both wanted to be first to assault. Trump’s entire orbit is absolute filth.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Close personal friend of Epstein, Donald Trump is accused of raping a thirteen year old. She was represented by Lisa Bloom. Due to death threats and I’m sure other intimidation, the accuser backed out and it never went to trial. So I guess no. There is no line he won’t cross.

  13. why? says:

    Last year, Tiffany Cross stated that any republican who defends or is loyal to Trump must be asked if they were being blackmailed, threatened by Russia, or financially benefitting from the relationship with Trump and Putin. As I have stated before, republicans are loyal to Trump because he and Putin have really bad dirt on them, not because of the common narrative that he would tweet mean things about them or they are concerned about losing the support of Trump’s base. Now what the press should be asking is if Jim Jordan, Lindsey, Kevin, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rubio, Mitch, Ron Johnson, Desantis, and Rand Paul are also guilty of what has been exposed about Matt.

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    That cover photo is hands down Beavis and Butthead. OMG. Cornholio is in the house and he needs TP for his bunghole.