At least 5 House Republicans asked for pardon after Jan. 6, including Brooks, Gaetz, testimonials reveal

WASHINGTON — At least five House Republicans sought a pardon from President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, White House officials told the House Committee on Jan. 6 in a video shown Thursday.

The GOP lawmakers — Alabama’s Mo Brooks, Florida’s Matt Gaetz, Arizona’s Andy Biggs, Texas Louie Gohmert, and Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry — have denied wrongdoing and accused the committee of playing politics.

Trump officials identified “members of Congress who contacted the White House after Jan. 6 seeking a presidential pardon for their conduct,” said Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., one of two Republicans on the House special panel investigating the attack. †

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., the other Republican on the committee, said, “The only reason I know of for asking a pardon is because you think you’ve committed a crime.”

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said Brook, Gaetz, Biggs, Gohmert and Perry were all asking for a pardon.

She pointed out Gaetz, saying he was “personally pushing for a pardon, and he’s been doing that since early December. I’m not sure why.”

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Eric Herschman, who worked as a lawyer in the White House, said Gaetz was asking for a very broad pardon.

“The general tone was, ‘We could be prosecuted for defending the president’s views on these matters,'” Herschmann said of Gaetz’s request.

John McKentee, who headed the White House personnel office, said he was also aware of Gaetz’s request.

“He told me he had asked Meadows for a pardon,” McKentee said.

The accused pardoners are all members of the House Freedom Caucus, which was once led by Meadows when he was a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Hutchinson said another Republican congressman — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio — Asked for an update on presidential pardons, but didn’t ask for an update directly. She also said that Deputy Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., did not ask her for a pardon, but she heard from another staff that the Georgia firefighter had asked for it.

Brooks sent an email to the White House on January 11, 2021, five days after the attack on the Capitol, requesting a pardon from “Every congressman and senator who voted to reject the Electoral College ballot entries of Arizona and Pennsylvania.” to reject.”

It is not known why some Republicans feared prosecution, or whether they discussed the matter directly with Trump.

Meadows tweeted about a December 21, 2020 meeting Trump had with several Republican members of Congress “preparing to fight back against mounting evidence of voter fraud”.

“Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Brooks both called for a general pardon for members involved in that meeting and a handful of other members who were not at the December 21 meeting,” Hutchinson said.

Greene later recounted the meeting himself on a Newsmax TV show.

“I was the only new member at the meeting,” Greene said. “I called President Trump on Saturday and said we should have a meeting. Many of us feel that this election has been stolen.”

In a hearing earlier this month, Cheney accused Perry of seeking a pardon, and the Pennsylvania congressman denied that.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brooks, Gaetz, one of the House Republicans seeking pardon after January 6

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