GOP House members sought pardon from Trump, committee says

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Mo Brooks of Alabama were among a handful of Republican congressmen who have asked forgiveness for their actions related to President Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to former White House officials the Committee of Inquiry into the Capitol Riot of January 6, 2021.

Brooks sent a letter to the White House on Jan. 11, 2021, 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, former assistant to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said in a video testimony that Gaetz and Brooks asked for blanket pardons, as did Reps Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.). She said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has asked for updates on whether the White House is offering pardons.

Hutchinson also noted that Patrick Philbin, the president’s assistant attorney, told her that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was seeking a pardon.

John McEntee, the former head of the President’s White House Personnel Office, also testified that Gaetz told him to ask Meadows for a pardon.

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

Last week, the committee revealed that conservative California attorney John Eastman also asked for a pardon.

“I have decided that I should be on the clemency list if that is a work in progress,” he wrote in an email to fellow attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani after the Jan. 6 attack.

In a previous hearing, Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said several members of Congress were asking for clemency, including Perry. Perry denied having made the request.

“The notion that I ever sought a presidential pardon for myself or any other member of Congress is an absolute, shameless and soulless lie.” he tweeted on June 10th. GOP House members sought pardon from Trump, committee says

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