Rep. Scott Perry was one of “several” Republican lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon in the weeks following the Capitol attack, the House committee said on Jan. 6.
“Representative Perry contacted the White House in the weeks following Jan. 6 to request a presidential pardon,” said committee vice chair Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, during the panel’s prime-time hearing. .
“Several other Republican congressmen have also asked for presidential pardons for their role in an effort to undo the 2020 election,” she said.
Mr Perry’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for the congressman told The Hill that Ms. Cheney’s claims were a “laughable, preposterous and a thoroughly soulless lie.”
The Pennsylvania legislature was one of five Republican lawmakers subpoenaed by the committee, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California in an unprecedented effort last month to force sitting members of Congress to testify.
President Trump has not pardoned any lawmakers or defendants charged in connection with January 6.
After an investigation that has lasted nearly a year, Thursday’s hearing was the first of a series of televised events in which the commission plans to flesh out its findings.
The panel, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, all hand-picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has met mostly behind closed doors, hearing testimonies and collecting information from dozens of witnesses.
Committee members want to use the hearing to demonstrate what they call “the coordinated, multi-step effort to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power.”
Republicans claim the Democrat-led panel weaponized the Jan. 6 events and say the committee serves as a political tool to attack conservatives.
Democrats insist the sole purpose of the investigation is to uncover the truth about what led to the Capitol riot to ensure a similar event never happens again.