A string of Republican members of Congress – including Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert and Scott Perry – asked the White House for pre-emptive pardons after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to testimony at a congressional hearing on Thursday.
Their names emerged at the end of a fifth day of public hearings held by the House committee investigating the violence.
It focused on how then President Donald Trump tried to pressure top Justice Department officials into helping him hold on to power.
But it also heard how Trump allies may have realized their efforts to overturn the election were illegal.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Republican select committee member who led the hearing, said: ‘All I know is if you’re innocent, you’re probably not gonna go out and seek a pardon’
Eric Herschman, former senior White House adviser, said Gaetz requested a particularly broad pardon.
‘The pardon that he was discussing, requesting was as broad as you could…