In a column appearing in the Washington Examiner, a conservative news outlet, the embattled Florida Republican predicted that "some of my feckless colleagues in Congress" will call for him to step down.
Gaetz, starting his fifth year in Congress, has been battling to preserve his political career since reports last week that he is under federal investigation for possible sex crimes. According to the Times, however, Gaetz wanted a preemptive pardon for himself and "unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed, according to two people told of the discussions". "I'm actually not. What's particularly gross is he's the only congressman to vote against an anti-sex trafficking bill that was on the floor past year". But the 38-year-old also acknowledged having an active "lifestyle", before getting engaged last year. Although I'm sure some partisan crooks in [Attorney General] Merrick Garland's Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me, I will not be intimidated or extorted.More news: Biden says higher corporate taxes won't harm USA economy
The Justice Department investigation began previous year while Trump was still president.
The FBI, the Biden administration's Justice Department and "the Cheney political dynasty" were among the entities Gaetz accused of unjustly targeting him.
Some Trump associates have theorized in recent days that Gaetz's request for multiple pardons - not just for himself - was a move to disguise his own potential legal exposure, the newspaper said.
Nelson left Gaetz's office in late October of previous year, The New York Post reported, in what he called a "planned departure" in order to support "the military missions in a private capacity" in the Florida Panhandle.More news: Florida wastewater pond's 'imminent' overflow leads to evacuations and emergency order
The day after the DOJ's investigation was first reported, Gaetz claimed the source of the extortion is former DOJ employee David McGee.
"I'm here this morning to state that nothing could be farther from the truth".
"The Biden Justice Department would rather investigate me for adult, consensual sex than Hunter Biden for his shady business dealings, than others for illegal leaks, or a former Justice Department official for the evident extortion of a congressman", Gaetz wrote.
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Nelson provided no specific details about the FBI's questioning.