Gaetz, who is facing allegations that he trafficked 17-year-old girl for sex, was announced as a special guest at the Save America Summit being held at Trump Doral hotel in Florida this weekend.
The news comes after he allegedly asked former President Donald Trump for pre-emptive pardons for himself and his allies for any crimes they may have committed months before he was revealed to be under federal investigation for sex trafficking.
‘Rep Matt Gaetz has been a fearless leader in DC. Few members of Congress have been more willing than Matt to stand up & fight on behalf of President Trump & his America First Agenda,’ Women for America First tweeted.
‘We are honored to have @RepMattGaetz speak at the #SaveAmericaSummit!’
Florida congressman Matt Gaetz has been chosen to headline a Women for America First event at the Trump Doral hotel in Miami
Women for America First tweeted that Matt Gaetz is a ‘fearless leader’ in a Twitter announcement
Gaetz also announced that he would be speaking in his own tweet and thanked the organization
Gaetz also announced that he would be speaking in his own tweet, writing: ‘ Thank you to “Women for America First” for the invitation to share my vision for our great nation.’
The nonprofit Women for America First group was ‘heavily involved’ and secured the permit for the gathering where Trump spoke to supporters before they stormed the Capitol building on January 6, The Daily Beast noted.
Other speakers at the event include Sen. Rand Paul and known QAnon conspiracy theorists Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jack Posobiec, according to the event’s website.
The event is expected to include topics such as ‘Election Integrity’ and ‘Big Tech & Censorship’ as well as ‘Defeating the radical Biden / Harris Agenda.’
‘Our nation is at a tipping point. If we want to SAVE AMERICA and our freedom, it’s time to fight back. It’s time to stop looking in our rearview mirror and start looking forward,’ event details on the website read.
Two sources told The New York Times that Gaetz, one of Trump’s fiercest defenders, approached the president with the extraordinary request in his final weeks in office.
Justice Department investigators have begun questioning Gaetz’ associates about allegations against him, including that he’d had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, according to the newspaper.
The Times noted that it is unclear whether Gaetz or the White House knew about the DOJ investigation at the time that he approached Trump, as the sources said he did not make any mention of allegations when making the request.
Some Trump associates have now begun to speculate that Gaetz made his request for a group pardon because he knew of trouble heading his way, the Times reported.
The event is expected to include topics such as ‘Election Integrity’ and ‘Big Tech & Censorship’ as well as ‘Defeating the radical Biden / Harris Agenda’
Other speakers at the event include Sen. Rand Paul and known QAnon conspiracy theorists Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jack Posobiec
Gaetz allegedly asked Trump for pre-emptive pardons for himself and his congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed months before he was revealed to be under federal investigation for sex trafficking
In November, Gaetz had publicly called for Trump to issue blanket pardons for all of his allies – including himself – to protect from the ‘bloodlust’ of political opponents.
‘President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn. He should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to,’ Gaetz told Fox News.
‘You see from the radical left a bloodlust 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.’
Trump ultimately issued 116 pardons in his last month in office, but none of them were pre-emptive.
The event with Gaetz is expected to be held at Trump Doral in Miami, pictured, this weekend
A sign for Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, Florida is seen t the entrance to the golf resort
Gaetz proposed to his fiancée Ginger Lucky at Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club in December
Approached by the Times this week, a spokesperson for Gaetz denied that he had privately asked Trump for a pardon.
‘Entry-level political operatives have conflated a pardon call from Representative Gaetz — where he called for President Trump to pardon “everyone from himself, to his administration, to Joe Exotic” — with these false and increasingly bizarre, partisan allegations against him,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Those comments have been on the record for some time, and President Trump even retweeted the congressman, who tweeted them out himself.’
Trump and his allies have thus far stayed quiet about the allegations surrounding Gaetz, failing to come to the embattled Republican lawmaker’s defense.
And their silence is deafening as Gaetz struggles to save his political career amid a string of lurid allegations, including claims he was involved in a Harry Potter-themed sex game, paid for sex using Apple Pay and showed Congressional colleagues on the House floor photos of naked women.
Rep Matt Gaetz allegedly asked President Donald Trump for pre-emptive pardons for himself and his congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed months before he was revealed to be under federal investigation for sex trafficking
Gaetz in November had publicly called for Trump to issue blanket pardons for all of his allies – including himself – to protect from the ‘bloodlust’ of political opponents
Gaetz was one of Trump’s top allies on Capitol Hill, vigorously defending the former president during his first impeachment trial from his perch on the House Judiciary Committee.
Trump, who has not been shy about blasting out statements on an array of matters, has yet to send one out on Gaetz. And a spokesman for the former president didn’t respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries.
Gaetz, meanwhile, is using the president’s own playbook in crafting his defense the allegations including claims the Justice Department is investigating whether he trafficked a 17-year-old girl.
The Florida Republican has gone on the offense, rapidly responding to the hits and appearing on conservative news networks to claim he’s the victim of a conspiracy.
He claims to be the victim of an extortion plot involving former Justice Department official David McGee, who was trying to exhort $25million from his family to help rescue American hostage Robert Levinson from Iran. McGree denied Gaetz’s charge.
But, with Trump and his cadre having abandoned Gaetz for the time being, the congressman has been left to his own devices.
‘It only works for Donald Trump,’ a former Trump administration official told The Washington Post about Gaetz’s response tactics.
The former president has been monitoring the situation from his Mar-a-Lago residence, the Daily Beast reported, but, thus far, is heeding aides’ advice to stay quiet and stay out of it.
Those in Trump’s orbit see Gaetz as ‘a grenade whose pin had already been pulled,’ Politico reported in a piece that noted the 38-year-old congressman had ‘a reputation for a wild personal lifestyle that, associates say, occasionally bordered on reckless.’
‘Not a lot of people are surprised,’ one Trump ally told the news outlet.
‘Anyone that has ever spent 10 minutes with the guy would realize he’s an unserious person,’ said one former Trump campaign aide.
Also not defending Gaetz is Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said Gaetz would be removed from his committee assignments if the allegations turned out to be true.
Gaetz was a frequent guest at Mar-a-Lago, which sat about an hour from his Florida congressional district. He even proposed to his fiancée Ginger Lucky at Trump’s Palm Beach club this past December.
A luxury travel booking agency recently dropped all Trump Hotels and resorts listings from its elite ‘invitation only’ services.
A view of the home page of Virtuoso Travel is seen after the company dropped Trump hotels from its listings
Virtuoso Travel, a Texas -based agency specializing in luxury and experiential vacations, dropped all of former President Donald Trump ‘s hotels that were considered partners, Zenger News revealed.
The agency had considered six of Trump’s 10 hotels partners in its Virtuoso network, which provides travelers with perks VIP treatment and special access, Washington Post reported.
Apart from Trump Doral, the former president has six other hotels in North America: Albemarle Estate In Charlottesville, Virginia; Trump International Hotels in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada, and Waikiki, Hawaii; and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and New York City.
Trump also has the Macleod House & Lodge in Scotland; the Trump Turnberry, also in Scotland; and Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Ireland.