Republican members of Congress apologize according to email and testimony

A photo of former President Donald Trump is screened in a Fox News interview during Thursday’s US House Select Committee hearing in Washington, DC (Reuters/Demetrius Freeman/Pool)

Reps. Matt Getz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and other congressional Republicans apologized to then-President Donald Trump after the 2020 election, according to emails and testimony disclosed Thursday by the House Select Committee on Jan.

The committee showed an email that Brooks sent to the White House on January 11, 2021, with the subject line “Sorry.”

“President Trump asked me to send you this letter. This letter is also as requested by Matt Gaetz,” the email said. “As such, I recommend that the President grant a general (all-purpose) pardon to the following groups of people,” which included “every congressman and a group of senators who voted for the Electoral Colleges of Arizona and Pennsylvania to decline submissions.” Voted.”

Former Trump White House counsel Eric Hershman said Getz requested a pardon. “The general tone was, we could be prosecuted because we were on the defensive, you know, the president’s position on these things,” Hershman said.

“The apology he was discussing, requesting, was about as broad as you can describe,” Hershman said.

Another Trump aide, John McEnty, told the committee in a statement interview played at Thursday’s hearing that Getz had told him he had apologized. “He told me he apologized to Meadows,” McEnty said.

McEntee said he also heard discussions about a blanket pardon. “I had heard that mentioned,” he said.

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies in a pre-recorded video shown during a hearing on Thursday.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies in a pre-recorded video shown during a hearing on Thursday. (House Recording Studio)

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, said at a White House meeting on December 21, 2020, that there were congressional Republicans who were “advocating” for pardons.

“I think Mr. Getz and Mr. Brooks I know both advocated a blanket pardon for the members who attended that meeting and some other members who were not at the December 21 meeting as a preemptive pardon,” said Hutchinson. he said . “Mr. Getz was personally pushing for a pardon.”

Hutchinson also testified that Perry, who was instrumental in linking DOJ official Jeffrey Clark to Trump, had apologized, as well as Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louis Gohmert of Texas.

When asked by committee investigators whether Perry directly asked Hutchinson to pardon, she said, “Yes, she did.”

Hutchinson also testified that he had heard the rape. Marjorie Taylor Green had “apologized to (White House Deputy Attorney Patrick) Philbin,” but said she did not hear it directly.

Representative Jim Jordan, Hutchinson said, had not asked for a pardon, but “more for an update on whether the White House was going to pardon members of Congress.”

“Mr. Gohart asked for one too,” Hutchinson said.