GOP House Members Asked Trump’s Pardon, Committee Says

Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Mo Brooks of Alabama were among a handful of Republican members of Congress who have asked for pardons for their actions in connection with President Trump’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election results, according to testimonials from former White House officials. before the committee investigating the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021.

Brooks sent a letter on January 11, 2021 to the White House at the request of Trump and Gaetz asking for a blanket pardon for everyone who voted to reject the Arizona and Pennsylvania Electoral College submissions.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former adviser to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said in a video deposition that Gaetz and Brooks asked for a general pardon, as did Representatives Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.). She said Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked for updates on whether the White House was offering pardons.

Hutchinson also noted that Patrick Philbin, the president’s deputy adviser, told her that Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) had apologized.

John McEntee, former director of the White House presidential personnel office, also testified that Gaetz told him to apologize to Meadows.

“The only reason I know of to ask for forgiveness is because you think you’ve committed a crime,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).

Last week, the committee revealed that conservative California attorney John Eastman also apologized.

“I have decided that it should be on the pardon list if this is still ongoing,” he wrote in an email to fellow Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani after the Jan. 6 attack.

At an earlier hearing, Vice President Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said several members of Congress have asked for forgiveness, including Perry. Perry denied making the request.

“The notion that I have always sought a presidential pardon for myself or other members of Congress is an absolute lie, shameless and soulless,” he said. he tweeted on June 10th.

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