Two individuals acquainted with the matter stated Gaetz tried to schedule a go to with Trump after it was first revealed that he was being investigated, however the request was rejected by aides near the previous President, who’ve urged Trump to not stick his neck out to defend Gaetz. A spokesperson for Trump didn’t reply to a request for remark. Gaetz spokesman Harlan Hill stated the congressman didn’t request a meeting with Trump this week.
“Rep. Gaetz was welcomed to Trump Doral this week and has not sought to meet with President Trump himself,” Hill stated in a assertion to CNN, claiming that Gaetz has “been mostly relaxing with his fiancée this week during recess.”
The interference by Trump’s aides alerts that Gaetz finds himself more and more remoted as he weathers a doubtlessly career-ending scandal simply months after he provided to depart his plum job in Congress to affix the forty fifth President’s impeachment protection group. Trump has issued just one assertion about Gaetz for the reason that public first realized of the congressman’s position in a intercourse trafficking inquiry firstly of April. In it, Trump denied ever receiving a blanket pardon request
from the 38-year-old congressman and famous Gaetz’s denial of the allegations towards him.
Federal investigators are analyzing allegations that Gaetz had intercourse with an underage woman who was 17 on the time and with different ladies who have been supplied medicine and cash in violation of intercourse trafficking and prostitution legal guidelines. Federal investigators are additionally searching for to find out whether or not Gaetz was supplied journey and ladies in change for political favors as a part of a broader probe, people familiar with the investigation tell CNN
Gaetz has continued to disclaim all allegations towards him and has not been charged with any crimes.
The ex-President has in any other case saved silent since issuing the two-sentence missive final week. Speaking to deep-pocketed GOP donors
at his Palm Beach membership on Saturday, Trump omitted Gaetz as he name-checked a lot of his prime Republican defenders — from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former White House chief of workers Mark Meadows to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, based on two individuals acquainted with his remarks.
Trump’s failure to say Gaetz was seen as conspicuous to some within the crowd, given the congressman’s outsized loyalty
to the previous President and the litany of different Republicans Trump known as out throughout his speech.
Meanwhile, Gaetz’s look on Friday at a convention for pro-Trump ladies raised eyebrows inside the previous President’s orbit. Aides noticed his last-minute speech on the Women for America First occasion, which was held on the close by Trump National Doral resort, as a blatant try to succeed in Trump and his supporters.
An individual straight concerned with Trump’s post-presidential operation stated the ex-President’s aides “were under the impression that Gaetz went down there to try and run into Trump or people around him.”
Gaetz, who was introduced as a “special guest” solely days earlier than the summit started, used his time on stage to denounce “wild conspiracy theories” about his private life, and to reaffirm his plans to stay on Capitol Hill.
“I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” he instructed the gang.
Gaetz has already confronted calls from one Republican colleague, Rep. Adam Kinzinger
of Illinois, to resign his congressional seat and has obtained just about no help from inside Trump’s orbit. The Florida firebrand, who is identified for having few buddies inside Washington, is additionally susceptible to shedding his committee assignments relying on investigators’ findings, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy instructed Fox News final week.
This story has been up to date with remark from a spokesman for Gaetz.