Donald Trump on Wednesday morning denied reports that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a loyal ally of the former president who is now facing a federal probe over sexual misconduct allegations (which Gaetz has deemed untrue), asked him for a preemptive pardon toward the end of his time in office.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon,” Trump wrote in a statement released from his office.
The former president’s statement comes after The New York Times and ABC News reported Tuesday that the Florida congressman had requested a blanket pardon for himself and, according to The Times, other allies in Congress who had remained loyal to Trump.
In his brief statement, Trump also highlighted that Gaetz has “totally denied the accusations against him.”
Federal investigators are probing whether