Gaetz was apparently unaware they were being recorded by documentary filmmakers following Stone, whom special counsel Robert S. Mueller III had charged with obstruction of a congressional investigation.
“They’re going to do you, because you’re not going to have a defense,” Gaetz told Stone.
In a statement to The Post, Gaetz’s office said he was not speaking on Trump’s behalf during the pardon discussion with Stone.
In response to an email seeking comment, Stone complained about The Post’s past coverage of his case and Mueller’s report.
Trump and Stone denied to Mueller that they had discussed WikiLeaks, but testimony from other Trump aides contradicted their accounts.
It pointed to two news accounts of remarks Gaetz made in 2020, after Stone had been convicted, in which he said Trump should pardon Stone.
In neither account did Gaetz say he had talked with Trump about Stone or worked to obtain clemency for Stone. »