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Roger Stone Sought Trump Pardons For Matt Gaetz and His Alleged Sex Trafficking Partners

Roger Stone Sought Trump Pardons For Matt Gaetz and His Alleged Sex Trafficking Partners

Donald Trump crony Roger Stone reportedly tried to get pardons for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and two other men allegedly involved in a sex trafficking scandal in their home state of Florida.

While it was already known that Stone sought pardons in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency for Gaetz and his “wingman” Joel Greenberg, who has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking, The Daily Beast is now reporting that Stone also lobbied for a pardon for Stephen Alford, who pleaded guilty in federal court in November to his attempt to extort money from Gaetz and his wealthy family.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 05: Roger Stone, former advisor to President Trump, speaks in front of the Supreme Court on January 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Washington Post first revealed Stone’s connection to Alford earlier this month, but that report didn’t mention Alford’s name, which was discovered in a document the Post obtained and uploaded online. Alford pleaded guilty in November 2021 to wire fraud in a scheme to extort $25 million from Gaetz’s father, former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, with the promise of a presidential pardon for his lawmaker son — who characterized the scheme, with Stone’s help, as a “deep state” plot to smear him.

 

Stone’s alliance with Alford fell apart two months after the pardon talks when Alford became the scapegoat for the Gaetz investigation.

Greenberg pleaded guilty in May 2021 to numerous crimes as part of a plea deal to cooperate with prosecutors, presumably in its ongoing investigation of Gaetz. One of the charges he pleaded to was that of sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl.

 

The Gaetz campaign started paying Stone around that time for “strategic campaign consulting,” according to federal records,

 

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