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Colbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon

Late-night host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert: 'There's no avoiding' Trump, but 'I don't like saying his name' Colbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon Meeting between Trump, Ohio Senate candidates turns tense: report MORE made fun of Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMatt Gaetz makes six-figure ad buy targeting CNN amid sex trafficking allegations Scalise: House would 'take action' against Gaetz if DOJ filed charges The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE after former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE said publicly this week that the Florida Republican never asked him for a blanket pardon before he left the White House. 

“Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing, but sources say that just before the previous president left office, Gaetz asked for a blanket pardon,” Colbert said on his show Wednesday night. “Oh, I don’t think the blanket wants a pardon. I think it wants to be burned ... it’s seen too much.”

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In a statement earlier Wednesday, the former president denied reports that Gaetz had asked him to grant him a presidential pardon from any crimes he could be charged with. 

“Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon," Trump said. "It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”

Gaetz faces a federal investigation stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct and sex trafficking. The investigation seeks to ascertain whether Gaetz paid women — and a 17-year-old girl — for sexual favors.

The congressman has denied he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and in a fiery op-ed earlier this week said he will not resign. He has claimed the allegations are part of an extortion plot by top Justice Department officials. 

"Just as they once falsely attacked President Donald Trump as a Russian asset, Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughBiden's court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court's conservatives Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' MORE as a gang rapist, and even John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Biden, lawmakers start down a road with infrastructure MORE as having fathered a child out of wedlock, they now attack me," Gaetz wrote. "Of course, none of what they say ever amounts to anything, yet it is endlessly repeated by leftist television anchors such as Chris CuomoChris CuomoTrump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting Colbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon Universally panned '60 Minutes' hit piece on DeSantis just made him a 2024 frontrunner MORE, who uses his platform to cover for his brother's appalling subjection of nursing home patients to death by the coronavirus. They think themselves such wonderful arbiters of moral purpose." 

The Washington Post reported this week that Gaetz is scheduled to speak at an event for a conservative women's group. 

"You could say that's putting the fox in the henhouse," Colbert joked. "But Gaetz would rather hang out with the eggs."