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President Trump should pardon himself to stop ‘radical left,’ Florida Congressman says

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to members of the media following a House Judiciary Committee closed door meeting with former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to members of the media following a House Judiciary Committee closed door meeting with former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – 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.

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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.