Trump denies report that Matt Gaetz asked for blanket pardon

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied a report that claimed embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a blanket pardon from his White House — for himself and unidentified congressional allies — amid a federal probe of underage sex-trafficking allegations.

“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” the 45th commander-in-chief said in an emailed statement. “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Gaetz (R-Fla.) allegedly pushed a pardon effort around the time he was being investigated by the Justice Department for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl that violated sex-trafficking laws, citing two sources familiar with the discussions.

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