It’s long been reported that certain Republicans in Congress sought pardons from Donald Trump, in relation to the election overthrow plot and other alleged crimes. It’s also long been reported that Trump conspired with certain Republicans in Congress on the election overthrow plot. Now these two storylines are coming to a head.
At the start of today’s January 6th public hearing, the committee announced that at the end of the hearing, testimony from Trump’s own people will reveal all the Republican members of Congress who sought pardons.
And during today’s hearing, testimony revealed that Donald Trump gave these instructions to the DOJ: “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and Republican Congressmen.”
So now at least two groups of Republican Congressman are having a really bad day – those who plotted with Trump on the election overthrow, and those who sought pardons from Trump – and of course there will likely be overlap between those two groups. So much for the pundit narrative that the January 6th Committee was somehow too “timid” to go after House Republicans by name. Clearly, the committee is swinging for the fences.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report