Americans need to know who sought pardon from former President Donald Trump after the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sunday.
Several lawmakers asked for a pardon from Trump in the wake of the attack, Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, during the first televised hearing of the House special committee investigating the siege on Thursday.
Cheney called Rep. Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry, but added that “several other Republican congressmen” sought presidential pardon for their role in the violent effort to block Congress’ certification of the 2020 election results.
“If you don’t know which of your colleagues were part of a possible conspiracy, then we need to find out,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I believe every member of Congress should be able to answer that question.”
The New York Democrat recently tweeted out GOP representatives Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Green of Florida asking if they had sought legal cover from the 45th Commander in Chief.
Perry has denied asking for a pardon. He is one of five Republican lawmakers who have been subpoenaed by the House panel to testify and refused to cooperate.
“We’ll see what the evidence will be that the committee puts forward,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I believe the commission would never make an allegation so serious without very substantial evidence to present to the American public.”
The ardent progressive also said she would not commit to supporting President Biden if he stands for re-election in 2024.
“I think if the president has a vision, that’s something that we definitely all want to nurture and explore when the time comes,” she said. “We have to approve it when we get there.
“I think the president has done a really good job so far, and you know, if he ran one more time, I think…we’ll take a look at it,” she said.