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Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican under investigation for alleged human trafficking, sought “blanket pardons” for himself and his political allies before former President Donald Trump left office, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
The Times, citing two people familiar with the discussions, said Gaetz asked the Trump White House, in its final weeks, to grant him immunity for any crimes for which he might later be convicted.
As Insider has reported, federal investigators are looking into whether Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws and used campaign funds to pay for the travel of an underage girl. A close ally of Gaetz, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, was indicted last August on sex trafficking charges related to a minor between the ages of 14 and 17.
The US Department of Justice began investigating Gaetz under the tenure of former Attorney General William Barr, who was briefed on the case.
“It was unclear whether Mr. Gaetz or the White House knew at the time about the inquiry, or who else he sought pardons for,” The Times reported. “Mr. Gaetz did not tell White House aides that he was under investigation for potential sex trafficking violations when he made the request.”
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics