Report: Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz sought pardon from President Trump

Recently it’s been reported Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida is under investigation for possible sex trafficking, sex with a minor, and a host of other criminal behaviors. Rep. Gaetz has vehemently denied the allegations against him; however according to a new report Rep. Gaetz sought a pardon from then-President Donald Trump before Trump left office:

During the final weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz asked the White House for a blanket presidential pardon — a request that was ultimately not granted, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Gaetz’s seeking of a preemptive pardon for crimes that may have been committed was first reported by the New York Times.

Trump was aware of Gaetz’s request, but the idea was quickly dismissed inside the White House, sources told ABC News.

So here’s my question: if Matt Gaetz is an innocent man, why did he seek a pardon from then-President Trump? After all, innocent people don’t need to be pardoned for criminal behavior.

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