Multiple Republican members of Congress asked White House officials if President Donald Trump would preemptively pardon them for their activities in the lead-up to Jan. 6 before he left office, testimony provided by Trump White House aides to the Jan. 6 committee shows.
The members included Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Rep. Louie Gohmert (Tex.) and Rep. Scott Perry (Pa.), the testimony showed.
The allegations came from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, and John McEntee, a close aide to Trump.
“He told me he’d asked Meadows for a pardon,” McEntee testified of Gaetz.
Hutchinson testified that she was involved with conversations about requests from Gaetz, Brooks, Biggs, Gohmert and Perry, who had all sought pardons. “Mr. Perry asked for one as well,” she said, answering affirmatively when asked if Perry had spoken to her directly. Perry had previously denied asking for a pardon.
In addition, Hutchinson said that she heard from Patrick Philbin, a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office, that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) had contacted the office and asked for a pardon but that she had not spoken to the Georgia congresswoman directly.
She said that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also asked whether the White House would be issuing pardons for members of Congress who had objected to the election results but that she did not recall him personally requesting one for himself.
“The only reason I know to ask for a pardon because you think you’ve committed a crime,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said.