Biden news - live: Matt Gaetz accused of seeking Trump pardon as president warns against Covid complacency

Biden news – live: Matt Gaetz accused of seeking Trump pardon as president warns against Covid complacency


Biden news – live: Matt Gaetz accused of seeking Trump pardon as president warns against Covid complacency

Biden news – live: Matt Gaetz accused of seeking Trump pardon as president warns against Covid complacency

Biden warns of complacency as Covid vaccine rollout continues

Under-fire Florida congressman Matt Gaetz reportedly sought a blanket pardon from former president Donald Trump during the final weeks of his administration, a revelation that comes as he faces a federal sex trafficking investigation.

Mr Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, has meanwhile warned Americans against treating the coronavirus pandemic with complacency as he moved forward the deadline for widespread access to the Covid-19 vaccines to 19 April, two weeks earlier than previously planned.

“Despite the progress we’re making as a nation, I want every American to know in no uncertain terms, that this fight isn’t over. This progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve can be reversed. Now’s not the time to let down. Now’s not the time to celebrate,” he said, speaking at a vaccination site at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria on Tuesday.

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Gaetz using sex scandal for fundraising pitch

Back to the embattled Republican congressman, who has been using the accusations against him – namely, that he is being investigated by the FBI for trafficking a 17-year-old girl for sex – to call for fresh donations to help him “fight back against the fake news”.

An email his team sent out on Tuesday claims the “far-left New York Times” had published “salacious allegations” against him in a bid to stop him “fighting for the forgotten men and women of this country”.

The appeal also claims the media is only attacking him to cover up stories about Hunter Biden and sexual harassment allegations against New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Biden Jr is not an elected official and Cuomo’s scandal has been covered exhaustively by media outlets, of course.

“The swamp is out to drown me but I’m not giving up,” Gaetz further insists.

Graig Graziosi has this report.

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Donald Trump Jr trolls Hunter Biden over struggle with drugs

Sticking with the Trumps, the ex-president’s eldest son’s latest appalling intervention in the discourse is to post a picture of a crack pipe, a lighter and a tub of parmesan shavings on Instagram to mock Hunter Biden, who yesterday published Beautiful Things, a harrowing and very moving memoir recounting his years of alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction.

A low blow to someone in recovery, even from a source as boorish and insensitive as Don Jr, you’d have to say.

Maroosha Muzaffar is here to explain.

Joe Sommerlad7 April 2021 10:55

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Pfizer CEO says ex-president urged him to develop vaccine to boost re-election prospects

The pharmaceutical giant’s CEO Albert Bourla has revealed that the ex-president repeatedly called him in 2020 and urged him to get a Covid vaccine developed quickly to boost his own chances of securing a second term.

Speaking to The Carlos Watson Show, Bourla was careful to add that Trump “never pressed me to do something that would be inappropriate with a vaccine.”

“In the few times that he was telling me that we need to do it fast – first he would say, ‘We need to do it quickly; people are dying,’ and then also he would add, ‘Of course it will help me also in the election, but people is the important thing’,” the Pfizer boss told the podcast.

Joe Sommerlad7 April 2021 10:35

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Trump plummets 300 places on Forbes billionaires list

You just know the former president and mid-market steak retailer will HATE this.

Chris Riotta has the juicy details.

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President tells states to drop ‘new Jim Crow’ laws and applauds private sector opposition

Responding to the growing backlash against newly-implemented voting restrictions in Georgia, including Major League Baseball withdrawing its All-Star Game from the state, President Biden said yesterday it is “reassuring” to see the private sector speaking out.

“It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“The other side to it too is when they do in fact move out of Georgia, the people making hourly wages sometimes get hurt the most. But I respect when they make that judgment.”

He urged Republican lawmakers in Georgia – among at least 47 states mulling dozens of GOP-backed legislation to restrict access to the ballot – to “smarten up” and “stop it”.

Alex Woodward has this one,

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Biden warns against Covid complacency and brings forward vaccine deadline

Joe Biden has meanwhile warned Americans against treating the coronavirus pandemic with complacency as he moved forward the deadline for widespread access to the Covid-19 vaccines to 19 April, two weeks earlier than previously planned.

“Despite the progress we’re making as a nation, I want every American to know in no uncertain terms, that this fight isn’t over. This progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve can be reversed. Now’s not the time to let down. Now’s not the time to celebrate,” he said, speaking at a vaccination site at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Justin Vallejo has this report.

Joe Sommerlad7 April 2021 09:35

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Matt Gaetz ‘sought blanket pardon’ from Trump

Under-fire Florida congressman Matt Gaetz reportedly sought a blanket pardon from former president Donald Trump during the final weeks of his administration, a revelation that comes as he faces a federal sex trafficking investigation.

Gaetz’s spokespeople have denied the story, however, telling The NYT: “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.

“Those comments have been on the record for some time, and President Trump even retweeted the congressman, who tweeted them out himself,” the spokesman added.

Here’s the latest on the one-time MAGA favourite from Namita Singh, as Gaetz refuses to step down while his fellow Republicans gently back away and tiptoe for the fire exit.

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