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Former Trump aides testify that numerous Republican lawmakers asked for presidential pardons after Jan. 6 attack on Capitol

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Former Trump aides testify that numerous Republican lawmakers asked for presidential pardons after Jan. 6 attack on Capitol

Former aides to then-President Donald Trump testified in interviews with the bipartisan House select committee investigating the events culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters that several Republican members of Congress sought presidential pardons, it was revealed Thursday during a public committee hearing. The committee aired recordings of witness questioning in which it was stated that the likes of Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Matt Gaetz of Florida asked for pardons by Trump. Mo Brooks of Alabama previewed a possible line of defense for the alleged pardon seekers in a Jan. 11, 2021, email to a Trump White House official arguing that a pardon was necessary not because of crimes committed but because of the prospect of retribution by “vitriolic Socialist Democrats.”