Matt Gaetz to Headline Women's Event (He Is, Seriously) Amid Reports He Sought a Pardon from Trump

Tuesday April 6, 2021

Matt Gaetz
Matt Gaetz  (Source:Associated Press)

Amid reports he asked President Trump for a pardon, Matt Gaetz is to speak at a women's event this Friday. No, that is not a proposed SNL skit. The slammed Florida Republican congressman who is under investigation over allegations that he paid for sex with an underage girl will be the keynote speaker at the "Save America Summit," reports the Daily News. It will take place at former President Donald Trump's golf club in Doral.

The event, writes the Daily Beast, "is hosted by Women for America First, a group that was heavily involved in the rally that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. It was Women for America First that secured the permit for the gathering where former President Donald Trump delivered his address to supporters who later stormed the Capitol building."

The group tweeted: "Rep. Matt Gaetz has been a fearless leader in DC. Few members of Congress have been more willing than Matt to stand up & fight on behalf of President Trump & his America First Agenda. We are honored to have @RepMattGaetz speak at the #SaveAmericaSummit!"

News of his speaking engagement broke just as the New York Times reported that Gaetz lobbied the White House during the final days of the Trump administration "for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed, according to two people told of the discussions."

It is not known whether or not the White House knew of the Federal investigation of Gaetz or the names of the "unidentified congressional allies." The Times adds: "Mr. Gaetz did not tell White House aides that he was under investigation for potential sex trafficking violations when he made the request. But top White House lawyers and officials viewed the request for a pre-emptive pardon as a nonstarter that would set a bad precedent, the people said."

It is not known if Gaetz spoke directly to Trump about the pardons, but "some Trump associates have speculated that Mr. Gaetz's request for a group pardon was an attempt to camouflage his own potential criminal exposure," writes the Times.

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