Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) sent an email to Trump’s White House asking for clemency for hundreds of Republican lawmakers who tried to overturn the 2020 election, saying he did it at the request of then-President Donald Trump, according to a CBS reporter. Robert Costa, who tweeted Thursday that Brooks had shared the email with him.
The email, dated Jan. 11, 2021, and addressed to Trump’s White House executive aide, Molly Michael, seeks a preemptive pardon for 147 members of Congress who voted against certification of Electoral College results in Arizona. and in Pennsylvania, says Joe Biden won.
The email also seeks clemency for the 126 Republicans who in December 2020 signed an amicus brief for a lawsuit in Texas seeking to challenge election results in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia – the states that Biden also won.
“Dear Mollie: President Trump told me to send you this letter,” the email begins, adding that it’s also “in accordance with a request” from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
“It’s clear that deep-pocketed, vitriolic Social Democrats … will abuse the American justice system by targeting many Republicans with spurious charges stemming from our recent fight for honest and fair elections and related speeches,” reads -on in the email. He then asks for “general pardons (for all purposes)” for lawmakers.
In the end, Trump did not grant blanket precautionary pardons to senators and representatives who officially embraced his bogus claims of rigged or stolen elections.
Costa reports that Brooks texted that “fortunately” no one has yet “been persecuted for performing their legitimate duties, which means a pardon was not required.”
Brooks said in a statement shared on Twitter in March that Trump “asked me to cancel the 2020 election, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House.”
Last week, Brooks lost his state’s primary after Trump withdrew his legislator’s endorsement and backed a rival Republican.
The Alabama congressman now appears willing to cooperate with the House Select Committee’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Brooks said this week he would testify about the events surrounding the insurgency.
In a public hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, the House panel shared testimony that, in addition to Brooks and Gaetz, Representatives Andy Biggs (Arizona) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) had also asked for forgiveness.
The committee previously said Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) had requested a presidential pardon, which the congressman refused.
“The only reason I know to seek a pardon is because you believe you have committed a crime,” panel member Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said during the hearing.