The vice chairman of the Jan. 6 committee Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said at the committee’s first public hearing on Thursday that Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and multiple other Republican members of Congress sought pardons from Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“Representative Perry contacted the White House in the weeks after January 6th to seek a presidential pardon. Multiple other Republican congressmen also sought presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the 2020 election,” Cheney said.
According to CNN, GOP Reps Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Mo Brooks (Ala.) sought clemency from Trump for their alleged roles in the rally that preceded the deadly riot on the US Capitol.
Perry was the first current lawmaker the Jan. 6 committee asked to voluntarily sit for an interview to answer questions about Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Perry declined the invitation.
The committee wanted to discuss Perry’s attempted effort to install former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general who would then throw the Justice Department’s support behind Trump’s false claims of voter fraud.