Former White House officials identified six GOP lawmakers who filed for a pardon on Jan. 6.
Rep. Liz Cheney previously said Republican Rep. Scott Perry was a grace-seeker.
Others named included representatives Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
At least six Republican members of Congress have been publicly identified pressuring the White House under President Donald Trump to pardon them in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, former Trump staffers said in testimony to the House panel investigating the deadly uprising.
GOP representatives Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania asked Trump to pardon them for helping them reverse the election. 2020, the former White House staff said in a series of recorded statements presented on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Trump White House aides John McEntee, Cassidy Hutchinson and Eric Herschmann charted how GOP House lawmakers — most of whom summoned by the select committee — asked for legal coverage of prosecution in a montage of clips that the House select committee investigates into the riots played out during the fifth public hearing.
The list of identified members can grow. The committee’s staff posted an image of an email Brooks officials sent, with the subject line “I’m sorry.”
In it, Brooks says he writes on behalf of Gaetz and urges Trump to grant “general (all-purpose) pardons to the following groups of people: every congressman and senator who voted to reject the Arizona and Pennsylvania electoral college submissions.”
The former Trump White House staff who made statements to the home investigators cited Biggs, Brooks, Gaetz, Gohmert, Perry and Greene as lawmakers showing an interest in pardoning. Hutchinson, who worked for then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, also said Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio had discussed pardon but never asked for it.
Gaetz did not deny that he asked for a pardon and went on to write Twitter only that the select committee was “an unconstitutional political sideshow”.
The House GOP lawmakers named as pardon-seekers came near the end of Thursday’s hearing after Rep. Liz Cheney, the co-chair of the select committee, teased the revelation at the start of the session.
“At the end of today’s hearing, we will see video testimonials from three members of Donald Trump’s White House staff. They will identify certain members of Congress who contacted the White House after January 6 to ask for a presidential pardon. said the Wyoming Republican during her opening address on Thursday.
Cheney had Perry . named at the panel’s first hearing while she said investigators had found evidence of sitting members of Congress lobbying the embattled president to clear them of any wrongdoing before leaving office.
Perry, who was subpoenaed by the commission in connection with his interaction with former Justice Department official Jeff Clark, denied the charge.
“The idea that I ever sought a presidential pardon for myself or other members of Congress is an absolute, shameless and soulless lie,” Perry said. wrote on social media.
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