Published: Wed, April 07, 2021
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Matt Gaetz sought preemptive pardon in final weeks of Trump's presidency

Matt Gaetz sought preemptive pardon in final weeks of Trump's presidency

Congressman Matt Gaetz made it clear in an op-ed Monday he is "absolutely not resigning".

The congressman has received support from some allies over the past few days, and on Tuesday, it was announced that he will be speaking this week at an event hosted by Women for America First.

The three-term congressman is now under investigation by the Department of Justice over allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him, according to The New York Times' original report based on sources briefed on the probe.

"First, I have never, ever paid for sex", he wrote. But the 38-year-old also acknowledged having an active "lifestyle", before getting engaged last year.

The investigation targeting Gaetz was launched previous year when Trump was still president, sources familiar with the matter have told ABC News.

The FBI, the Biden administration's Justice Department and "the Cheney political dynasty" were among the entities Gaetz accused of unjustly targeting him. Gaetz helped lead an unsuccessful battle in January to depose Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, from her job as No 3 House GOP leader.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., walks off the House floor as the House of Representatives takes up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Nelson explained that the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed up at his home and interviewed him shortly after the allegations against Gaetz hit the news, and agents claimed media sources had contacted them asserting that Nelson left Gaetz's office because of the accusations surrounding the congressman. Nathan Nelson, a military adviser who left Gaetz's office in October, said he was questioned about whether he'd left that job because he knew of Gaetz's "involvement in illegal activities".

The former Gaetz staffer told the media, "I'm here this morning to state that nothing could be further from the truth".

"I'm saying the allegations that named me were baseless, and likewise that kind of reflects on the allegations against Congressman Gaetz", Nelson said.

Nelson provided no specific details about the FBI's questioning.

"Because you see from the radical left a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump administration with the policies and the vigor and the effectiveness that delivered for the American people", Gaetz said.

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