“We are looking for a printed and on-air immediate withdrawal statement. Failure to comply with this request can lead to litigation, ”Elmore wrote in an email to a POLITICO reporter on Wednesday following the publication of an article describing the reluctance of Trump and his allies to stand up for Gaetz outright. .
“President Trump issued a statement indicating that Congressman Gaetz never sought a presidential pardon. Such a statement would also indicate that President Donald Trump has not distanced himself from Congressman Gaetz, ”argued Elmore.
The Logan Circle group declined to discuss their relationship with Gaetz in particular, but a source close to the arrangement confirmed they worked for the Florida congressman. Gaetz’s congressional office did not respond to an investigation into the group.
“Logan Circle Group is a leading political communications consultancy, and we take the privacy of our clients and colleagues very seriously. We represent a number of high profile clients and are delighted to support the work of America First candidates, members of Congress and public figures, ”Elmore said in a statement following the POLITICO investigation. on the company’s work for Gaetz.
The group’s entry into the drama surrounding Gaetz highlights how the congressman is trying to fight his way through a potentially career-ending scandal rather than withdrawing from politics altogether. In addition to legal threats, Hill and Elmore amplified pro-Gaetz tweets on Twitter, and Elmore appeared on Newsmax to discuss and defend Gaetz.
“Everyone in America, like it or not, is proven innocent to guilty,” Elmore said on Newsmax.
Gaetz, an incendiary pro-Trump congressman from Florida, is currently fighting for his political future following reports that he is the subject of a Justice Department investigation for a sexual relationship involving a youngster from 17 years. Gaetz, who has not been charged, has denied having sex with underage women and accused federal investigators of misrepresenting relationships in which he paid the travel expenses of women he dated. In a bizarre twist, the congressman has claimed he and his father were also the target of extortion by a former DOJ official who they said was trying to use knowledge from the investigation to secure the release of a hostage in Iran.
His legal problems appeared to worsen Thursday when Joel Greenberg, an associate of Gaetz, appeared likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a criminal sex trafficking case that first led investigators to Florida Congress. Gaetz and Greenberg maintained a close friendship and were often seen together at social events until Greenberg was charged with 33 federal charges, ranging from stalking and identity theft to sex trafficking of a minor and various financial crimes.
“I’m sure Matt Gaetz isn’t feeling very comfortable today,” Greenberg defense attorney Fritz Scheller said after a hearing in Florida.
On television and in an editorial, Gaetz denied ever paying for sex or having sex with a minor. Former staff and Air Force member retired Air Force Captain Nathan Nelson, along with a group of female staff – who have remained anonymous in a letter support released Thursday – defended Gaetz.
But as allegations of inappropriate behavior swirled around the congressman, he found little support from congressmen or Trumpworld figures. Trump finally released a statement this week that said, “Congressman Matt Gaetz never asked me for a pardon. It should also be remembered that he totally denied the charges against him. “
While it is not known how Elmore first connected with Gaetz, the former “Apprentice” candidate has long been active in Republican political circles. Her resume includes stints at Turning Point USA, the conservative youth organization led by Trump sidekick Charlie Kirk, campaign appearances alongside Ivanka Trump in the 2016 general election, and a contributing role on Townhall. .com. Elmore is currently the executive director of a little-known political organization group called USA Strong and recently launched a new webcast “Wine About It” where she drinks wine with her fellow curators as they discuss the latest trends in the field. culture and politics.
She also appears to frequent Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.
“Ladies and gentlemen [sic], THE GREATEST President of the United States, ”she captioned an Instagram photo of herself and Trump inside his golden resort last month.
At least two of Elmore’s former or current colleagues at the Logan Circle Group also have ties to Trumpworld. In addition to Hill, who served on the former president’s 2020 campaign advisory board, the consulting firm recently hired Allan Betz, a Trump re-election operation worker and former member of the U.S. Agency for international development under his administration.
The group worked with at least four Republican candidates during the 2020 election cycle, according to revelations from the Federal Election Commission, including Kris Kobach, who was beaten by Senator Roger Marshall in the GOP primary for the open seat in the Kansas Senate last August; and in the Ohio Congress candidate Christian Hagan, who lost to incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan last November.