How Republicans Responded to Donald Trump’s Pardon Bomb

Among the various bombshells that came out of the Committee’s January 6 hearing on June 23 was the revelation that several Republican members of Congress sought pre-emptive pardons from then-President Donald Trump for his support of the fraudulent election conspiracy that led to the US Presidential Uprisings. Capitol.

The allegations were made by several witnesses, including former White House officials, who testified that at least five Republicans had asked for a presidential pardon for their role in the vote to nullify the January 6 election results.

The five Republicans are Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas, Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona and Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

“Mr. Gaetz was personally pushing for a pardon,” Cassidy Hutchinson, an adviser to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who identified the five GOP members, said at the commission’s hearing on Thursday.

A January 11, 2021, email from Brooks to the White House, shown at the hearing, showed that the congressman apologized to himself and Gaetz, as well as “all congressmen and senators who voted to reject the electoral college submission. of Arizona and Pennsylvania.”

Hutchinson also testified that he heard Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, one of the most vocal supporters of the former president’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election had been “stolen”, also contacted the House attorney’s office. White asking for forgiveness.

Greene denied that she asked for forgiveness, blowing up Hutchinson on Twitter for “spreading gossip”, in a post where she also called the January 6 committee the “Witch Hunt Committee”.

All six Republicans nominated at the hearing denied any wrongdoing related to the events leading up to the January 6 riots. Almost all of them also explicitly denied the request for pardon after the attack on the Capitol.

In a bitter statement posted on his website, Gohmert accused the January 6 committee of spreading “Soviet-style propaganda production” and misleading the public “by suggesting that my documented apologies for other deserving individuals were a request for pardon for myself. malicious, despicable, and inappropriate for a hearing in the US Congress.”

Gohmert states that his plea for a pardon went to the “brave US service members and military contractors who were run over by the justice system due to superiors doing politics, as well as a civilian leader who was also wronged by a despicable injustice”.

“These requests were all much earlier and completely unrelated to January 6th,” says Gohmert, adding that he “has nothing to apologize for.”

Biggs also claimed that he did not seek a presidential pardon, saying this Hutchinson “is mistaken” and that her testimony was “deceptively edited”. He also used the term “Soviet style” to describe the audience, calling the committee “illegitimate” and “un-American”.

Perry also denied seeking a presidential pardon, going so far as to claim that he never spoke to Hutchinson or any White House official about a pardon.

“I stand by my statement that I have never sought a presidential pardon for myself or other members of Congress. At no point have I spoken with Ms. Hutchinson, a White House scheduler, or with any WH official about a pardon for me or anyone else. another member of Congress – it never happened,” Perry wrote on Twitter.

Gaetz, for example, did not deny asking for forgiveness, although he took to Twitter to criticize the January 6 special committee, calling it “an unconstitutional political spectacle”.

“It is rapidly losing the interest of the American people and is now resorting to federal law enforcement against political opponents,” he said. He wrote.

Brooks has yet to comment on allegations that he asked for a presidential pardon after Jan. he sent a Letter to the January 6 Committee on Thursday with its requirements to sit for a voluntary committee deposition.

Biggs, Perry and Jordan also received subpoenas in May.

January 6th Gop Audience Committee
Testimonies heard during the Committee’s last hearing on January 6 revealed that six Republican members of Congress asked for a pre-emptive presidential pardon after January 6.
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