Representative Matt Gates requested a blanket pardon for himself and others during the final weeks of the Trump administration, The New York Times reported Late on Tuesday.
Citing two people familiar with the discussions, the newspaper reported that Gates asked the White House for a blanket pre-emptive pardon for himself and anonymous allies for any crimes they might have committed. The newspaper said it was not clear at the time whether Gates knew that the Justice Department had already opened an investigation into his actions.
A Florida Republican, one of Trump’s longtime strongest supporters, An investigation is carried out by the Ministry of Justice regarding a previous sexual relationship. The Times reported earlier that authorities are trying to determine whether Gaetz was in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old, and whether he violated federal laws regarding sex trafficking. Gates has denied any criminal wrongdoing.
According to Tuesday’s report, the newspaper said that White House attorneys and officials flatly refused the pardon request. The newspaper said President Donald Trump knew of the request, although it was not clear if Gates had asked him to pardon directly.
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Gates will be removed from his committee seats in the House of Representatives If the charges are proven. Gates is currently a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Department of Justice.
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