Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and other congressional Republicans sought pardons from then-President Donald Trump immediately after the 2020 election, according to e-mails and testimony uncovered by the Jan. 6 House select committee on Thursday.
The committee confirmed an e mail that Brooks sent to the White Property on Jan. 11, 2021, with the topic line of “pardons.”
Previous Trump White Property law firm Eric Herschmann reported that Gaetz requested a pardon. “The typical tone was, we may well get prosecuted since we were being defensive of, you know, the president’s positions on these points,” Herschmann claimed.
“The pardon that he was speaking about, requesting, was as wide as you could explain,” Herschmann mentioned.
John McEntee, yet another Trump aide, explained to the committee in a deposition interview performed at Thursday’s hearing that Gaetz had instructed him he’d asked for a pardon. “He advised me he’d asked Meadows for a pardon,” McEntee claimed.
McEntee included that he also listened to discussions about a blanket pardon. “I experienced heard that mentioned,” he claimed.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White Property chief of employees Mark Meadows, mentioned at a Dec. 21, 2020, White Residence conference there had been congressional Republicans who had been “advocates” for pardons.
Hutchinson also testified that Perry, who played a key function connecting DOJ formal Jeffrey Clark to Trump, experienced sought a pardon, as nicely as Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
Requested by committee investigators if Perry questioned for a pardon to Hutchinson directly, she stated, “Yes, he did.”
Hutchinson also testified that she had listened to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene experienced “asked for a pardon from (deputy White Home counsel Patrick) Philbin,” but that she reported she didn’t listen to it right.
Rep. Jim Jordan, Hutchinson said, experienced not asked for a pardon but “more for an update on no matter whether the White Household was likely to pardon users of Congress.”
“Mr. Gohmert requested for a single as effectively,” Hutchinson stated.