Friday, April 12

Rep. Matt Gaetz asked for pardon in sex-trafficking probe: report

A former White House aide told the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol that Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon for himself regarding a Justice Department sex-trafficking investigation, The Washington Post reported.

The Post, citing unnamed sources familiar with the testimony, reported on Saturday that Johnny McEntee testified to the committee behind closed doors that Gaetz told him during a brief meeting that he was seeking a pardon related to the investigation.

The report was the first to directly tie Gaetz seeking a pardon to a US Department of Justice investigation into allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel across state lines.

Jan. 6 Committee:Rep. Matt Gaetz asked Donald Trump for pardon before and after Jan. 6

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