Among the many blows that erupted from a January 6 committee hearing on June 23, was the revelation that several Republican members of Congress had demanded a pre-emptive apology from then-President Donald Trump for their support of a rigged election conspiracy. Capital Riots.
The claims were made by several witnesses, including former White House staff members, who testified that at least five Republicans had apologized to the president for their role in the January 6 vote to reverse the election results.
The five Republicans are Representative Matt Getz of Florida, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, Representative Louis Gohart of Texas, Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona and Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who identified five GOP members, said “Mr. Gaetz was personally pushing for a pardon,” said in the hearing of the committee on Thursday.
An email sent from Brooks to the White House on January 11, 2021, which was displayed at the hearing, showed that Congressman apologized to himself and Gaetz, as well as “to every congressman and senator who has made an Electoral College submission.” Voted to reject. of Arizona and Pennsylvania.”
Hutchinson also testified that she heard Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of the most vocal proponents of the former president’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election had been “stolen,” asked the White House attorney’s office. Also contacted to apologize.
Green has denied that he apologized, blasting Hutchinson on twitter For “spreading gossip”, in a post where he also referred to the January 6 committee as “witch hunting committee”.
All six Republicans nominated at the hearing have denied any wrongdoing related to the events that led to the January 6 riots. Almost all of them have categorically refused to apologize after the attack on the Capitol.
In a bitter statement published on his website, Gohart accused the January 6 committee of spreading “Soviet-style propaganda output” and misleading the public “by saying that my document requests for pardons to other deserving individuals.” The request for pardon was malicious, despicable and unfit for hearing by the US Congress.”
Gohart claims that his request for pardon was for “valiant American service members and military contractors who were railroaded by the justice system because of superiors playing politics, as well as a civilian leader who was shunned by a despicable injustice.” it was done.”
“These requests were long before January 6th and completely unrelated,” Gohart claims, adding that he has “nothing to apologize for.”
Biggs also claimed that he did not apologize to the president, saying that Hutchinson was “incorrect” and his testimony was “deceptively edited”. He also used the term “Soviet-style” to describe the hearing, calling the committee “illegitimate” and “American”.
Perry also denied apologizing to the president, claiming that he never spoke to Hutchinson or any White House staff member about the apology.
“I stand by my statement that I have never sought a presidential pardon for myself or other members of Congress. I have never spoken to White House scheduler Ms. Hutchinson, nor to any WH employee on my own or any other terms. Talked about pardon for another member of Congress – it never happened,” Perry wrote on Twitter.
Getz, for one, didn’t rule out apologizing, though he took to Twitter to bash the January 6 special committee, calling it “an unconstitutional political favor.”
“It is rapidly losing interest of the American people and now resorts to enforcing federal laws on political opponents,” He has written.
Brooks has yet to comment on claims he has sought clemency from the president after January 6, but he sent one Letter To sit by the committee for voluntary statement to the committee on Thursday 6th January with your requirements.
Biggs, Perry and Jordan were also issued summons in May.