Jan. 6: Committee names GOP lawmakers who asked Donald Trump for pardon

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack has released the names of several Republican congressmen who allegedly asked for pardons from former President Donald Trump after the violent storming of the US Capitol.

The Jan. 6 House Special Committee hearing on Thursday revealed that Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania were among Republicans asking for pardons .

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, also said she heard from another person that GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia had sought a pardon, according to Raw Story.

“The general tone was, ‘We could be prosecuted for defending the President’s positions on these matters,'” former White House Counsel Eric Herschmann said of the testimonies played Thursday.

At least six Republican congressmen have asked former President Donald Trump for a pardon after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, according to the House Inquiry Committee. An image of Trump is seen on a screen during one of the committee’s public hearings June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Herschmann said the pardon Gaetz sought, which he originally asked for before Jan. 6, was “for all things” that happened “from the beginning of time to the present day.”

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans serving on the committee, shared a January 11, 2021 email from Brooks that confirmed several of the individual clemency requests.

Brooks’ email also called on Trump to thank every Republican who supported the failed lawsuit that sought to overturn the Supreme Court election results and every member of Congress opposed to confirming President Joe Biden’s Jan. 6 election victory had objected to the granting of a blanket pardon.

“President Trump asked me to send you this letter,” Brooks wrote in the email, which was addressed to Molly Michael, who was then Trump’s executive assistant. “This letter also corresponds to a request from Matt Gaetz.”

“I recommend that the President grant general (all purposes) pardons to the following groups of people,” he continued. “Every Republican who signed the amicus letter in the Texas lawsuit … Every congressman and senator who voted to dismiss the Arizona and Pennsylvania election levy.”

When asked to comment on the pardon requests news weekBrooks said in a statement that his email “says it all.”

“There were concerns that Democrats would abuse the justice system by prosecuting and imprisoning Republicans who have acted in accordance with their constitutional or legal duties,” Brooks said. “Fortunately, as time went on, more rational forces took over and no one was prosecuted for performing their rightful duties, meaning a pardon was ultimately unnecessary.”

Perry said in a statement that he “never sought a presidential pardon for me or any member of Congress.” news week.

“I have never discussed a pardon for me or any other member of Congress with Miss Hutchinson, a White House scheduler, or any White House staffer — that never happened,” he said.

Gaetz communications director Joel Valdez pointed this out news week to a tweet by the congressman, who did not address the issue directly, but called the committee “an unconstitutional political sideshow.”

“The January 6 Committee is an unconstitutional political sideshow,” Gaetz tweeted. “It’s quickly losing the interest of the American people and is now resorting to federal law enforcement cracking down on political opponents.”

Nick Dyer, Greene’s communications director, declined to comment on the congressmen’s alleged clemency request.

news week reached out to the offices of Biggs and Gohmert for comment.

Update 6/23/22 6:50 PM ET: This article has been updated with additional information and background.


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