Rep. Matt Gaetz sought complete forgiveness for himself and others during the weak weeks of the Trump administration, The New York Times reported late third.
Citing two people familiar with the discussions, the Times reported that Gaetz had asked the White House to pardon himself and unidentified allies in advance for any crimes they may have committed. The Times said at the time, it was unclear whether Gaetz knew the Justice Department had opened an investigation into his actions.
Florida Republican Party, one of Trump’s staunchest supporters, is being investigated by the Justice Department about a previous sexual relationship. The Times previously reported that the authorities were trying to determine if Gaetz had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old and whether he was in violation of federal sex trafficking laws. Gaetz has denied criminal misconduct.
As reported on Tuesday, the Times reported that White House lawyers and officials had flatly denied the request for amnesty. The Times reported that then US President Donald Trump was aware of the request, although it was not clear whether Gaetz directly asked him for parole.
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Gaetz will be removed from his seat on the House of Representatives if the charges are proven. Gaetz is currently sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department.