U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz could have few defenders, nevertheless it seems one individual keen to stay up for him is the previous President of the United States.
Donald Trump issued an announcement Monday night time defending the embattled Panhandle Republican fromt a NCS report that Gaetz was refused a gathering with Trump this weekend.
“Fake News NCS, relying on all anonymous sources, meaning they probably made the whole thing up, wrote a very dishonest story claiming Congressman Matt Gaetz asked for a meeting with me at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, and was denied. This is completely false,” wrote Trump in an announcement.
The President went on to opine about U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, making the argument that the California Democrat ought to be faraway from the House Intelligence Committee, a seeming distraction from the reported investigation Gaetz is going through from the Justice Department.
Despite the plain deflection from the subject of the one-paragraph assertion, the previous President’s assertion represents a for-the-record vindication of types.
Trump’s assertion accords with these made by associates like senior adviser Jason Miller, who earlier Monday known as for a “full retraction” of the story.
Reporter Gabby Orr framed the story as a “scoop.”
“Trump aides recently intervened to stop a Gaetz-Trump meeting at Mar-a-Lago, signaling the embattled congressman is more isolated from Trump World than ever,” learn a promotional tweet Monday.
Gaetz decried the “total lie.”
“I am on a pre-planned vacation with my fiancée. I was welcomed at Trump Doral days ago. No such meeting was denied nor sought. Gabby, ‘unnamed sources’ lied. When can we expect a retraction,” Gaetz asserted.
NCS integrated denials backing up the Gaetz-Trump narrative, however the story is still up with out retraction or vital walkback as of Monday night.
Trump’s final dispensation towards Gaetz could not matter within the wake of a House Ethics Investigation and the Justice Department probe. The verbiage of the House inquiry speaks to the dizzying array of points to be thought-about.
“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct,” the assertion from the committee declared.
However, for what it’s value, Trump provided a careful defense of Gaetz final week, by way of ready assertion.
“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon. It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him,” Trump asserted in an announcement launched to the media.