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Pardons, Pence Among First Revelations to Emerge From Jan. 6 Committee Hearings

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 6/10/2022 Kaia Hubbard
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) take part in a hearing on the January 6th investigation on June 09, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol for almost a year, will present its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for Joe Biden. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) © (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) take part in a hearing on the January 6th investigation on June 09, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol for almost a year, will present its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for Joe Biden. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Republican lawmakers reached out to the White House in the weeks after Jan. 6 seeking presidential pardons “for their roles in attempting to overturn the 2020 election,” the Jan. 6 committee disclosed Thursday in the first of its month-long series of public hearings on the events surrounding the attack on the Capitol.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a chairperson of the select committee, revealed during opening remarks Thursday that several Republican members of Congress – including one mentioned by name: Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania – contacted the White House following the Jan. 6 riot seeking presidential pardons.

The revelation was among the first pieces of what committee members promised would be new information released in the course of the public hearings that began in prime time Thursday.

Perry, along with other Republican lawmakers, have so far denied requests to testify before the committee.


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The committee early on in the hearing also alluded to Trump’s inaction during the events of Jan. 6, contrasting it with the moves taken by former Vice President Mike Pence.

Audio of a conversation shared by the committee features Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s account of his communication with Pence as well as Trump’s chief of staff that day. Milley explained in taped remarks that Pence was “very animated” and “direct” in his requests, and Cheney revealed that it had been Pence – not Trump – who had been the one to call the National Guard. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, by contrast stressed to Milley that “we have to kill the narrative that the vice president is making all the decisions.”

“I immediately interpreted that as politics,” Milley said in the taped remarks. “Politics, politics – red flag for me, personally. No action. But I remember it distinctly.”

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