In the twilight of Donald Trump’s administration, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sought a preemptive pardon for any crimes he and his allies in Congress may have committed, The New York Times reports.
Gaetz is currently under federal investigation for potential sex trafficking in connection with an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The Department of Justice is also probing whether Gaetz paid multiple women for sex on various visits to Florida alongside his close ally Joel Greenberg, the now indicted former Seminole County tax collector. Gaetz has denied the allegations.
It is unclear if Gaetz or Trump knew of the investigation into the Florida congressman, but the White House declined anyway, believing a priori forgiveness would establish an unseemly precedent, according to the Times.