These are the members of Congress who asked Trump for a pardon after January 6.

Representatives Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert and Scott Perry were among Republican members of Congress who asked then-President Donald Trump to protect them from future prosecutions by granting their presidential pardon in the days immediately following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 last year.

Their names were revealed Thursday by the House select committee on Jan. 6 at the conclusion of the panel’s hearing to investigate Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to assist in its efforts to end his campaign. 2020 election loss to Joe Biden.

The select committee played videotaped excerpts from statements by former Trump White House staffers describing Republican members’ efforts to gain leniency after Mr. Trump’s plan sparked the worst attack on the Capitol since the war. from 1812.

“The general tone was, we can be prosecuted because we defend the president’s positions on these matters,” said former White House deputy counsel Eric Herschmann, who confirmed to the panel that Mr. Gaetz was asking for a pardon.

The commission’s vice chair, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, had previously claimed that others in Trump’s orbit had sought a pardon in the wake of the January 6 attack, including “several” members of Congress, during the first public meeting. panel hearing earlier this month.

While the identities of most GOP members had remained unknown until now, Ms. Cheney had previously revealed that a pardon had been sought by Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry and John Eastman, the former Chapman University law professor who was then vice president. Mike Pence pressured out of swing state electoral votes won by Mr. Biden during the Jan. 6, 2021 joint session of Congress, where Mr. Biden’s victory was to be confirmed.

In an email from Mr Eastman to Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani just days after the attack, the conservative lawyer wrote: “I’ve decided I should be on the pardon list, if it’s still in the works.”

Nick Akerman, an experienced defense attorney who served as an assistant US attorney in New York and as a deputy special counsel during Watergate, told The Independent that a request for a clemency is a strong indication that the person asking for it knows he knows the law. has violated. †

“This is clear evidence of someone who believes he has committed a crime and is concerned about prosecution – an innocent person does not ask for a pardon,” he said. “A request for clemency, when there isn’t even an investigation underway, is overwhelming evidence of guilt.”

Perry, who has denied asking for a pardon, featured prominently in the panel’s presentation on Thursday, in which former Trump-era Justice Department officials testified about the role of the Pennsylvania Republican in a proposal that was presented to Trump by Jeffrey Clark, an environmental attorney who was then the head of the department’s civil division.

The Pennsylvania Republican had actually introduced Mr. Trump to Mr. Clark, who encouraged the president to fire then-Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, and install him on top of the DOJ so he could pressure state lawmakers to overturn the election results. in their states based on undoing claims. of fraud that the department had already debunked.

After Mr. Clark told Mr. Rosen that he was being elevated to Mr. Rosen’s current job, Mr. Rosen and other senior Justice Department leaders confronted him and Mr. Trump in a controversial Oval Office meeting.

One of the former officials who attended the meeting, former Deputy Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, described how he and the other Justice Department leaders told Trump they would step down if he made Clark their boss.

“I said, Mr President, I would resign immediately. I don’t work for this man for a minute [Mr Clark] which I have just stated was completely incompetent”.

He said Mr Trump then turned to Steven Engel, then the head of the DOJ’s office of legal counsel, and asked if he would also resign. In response, he said that Mr. Engel told the president, “Absolutely, Mr. President, you would leave me no choice”.

Donoghue then said he told the president he would “lose”. [his] entire department management” if he went ahead with Mr. Clark’s plan.

“Every cop will leave you, your entire Justice Department leadership will walk away in a few hours,” he recalled.

The select committee also presented evidence that Trump’s own White House advisers had discovered that Mr. Clark’s proposed actions, including launching investigations into the baseless conspiracy theories pushed by Mr. Trump and his allies, and directing of the letter to the state legislature urging them to undo the election. , would be illegal.

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