Trump retweets Gaetz suggestion he should pardon himself

Posted at 12:49 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 12:49:20-05

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz said President Donald Trump should pardon himself and others in his administration before leaving office to prevent the "radical left" from prosecuting them.

The Panhandle Republican and close Trump ally said Tuesday on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" that the president should protect his staff from what he thinks would be unjust prosecutions.

Trump retweeted the Gaetz when he published the clip on Twitter.

Some Democrats have called on the incoming Biden administration to investigate Trump and other members of his administration for possible crimes such as conspiring with the Russians during the 2016 campaign, illegal campaign contributions and obstruction of justice.

"President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn," Gaetz said. "He should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to."

He then added that "the radical left (has) a blood lust 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, 38, was just reelected to a third term in his heavily Republican district.