Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) Sent an email to the Trump White House calling for a pardon for hundreds of Republican lawmakers who tried to overthrow the 2020 election, saying he had ordered it by the then president Donald Trump did, according to CBS reporter Robert Costa, who tweeted on Thursday that Brooks shared the email with him.
The email, dated January 11, 2021, and addressed to Trump’s executive assistant Molly Michael of the White House, seeks preventive pardon for 147 members of Congress who voted against the certification of the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, the state Joe Biden won.
The email also calls for pardon for all 126 Republicans who signed an amicus order in December 2020 for a lawsuit in Texas that sought to challenge the election results in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia – states Biden has also won.
“Dear Mollie: President Trump told me to send you this letter,” begins the e-mail, adding that it also “according to a request” from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Is.
“Clearly, deep-seated and filthy Socialist Democrats … are going to abuse America’s legal system by targeting numerous Republicans with sham charges stemming from our recent fight for fair and accurate elections and related speeches,” the email reads. It then calls for “general (everyday) pardon” for the legislators.
Finally, Trump did not issue a blanket preventive pardon to senators and representatives who formally embraced his false allegations of fraud or stolen election.
Costa reports that Brooks sent an SMS saying that “fortunately” no one has yet been “prosecuted for performing their legal duties, which means a waiver was unnecessary.”
Brooks said in a statement shared on Twitter in March that Trump “asked me to recall the 2020 election, remove Joe Biden immediately from the White House, and immediately put President Trump back in the White House.”
Last week, Brooks lost the primary in his state after Trump withdrew his approval from the legislature and backed a rival Republican.
The Alabama Congressman now appears willing to cooperate with the House of Commons’ select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. capital. Brooks said this week he would testify about the events surrounding the uprising.
During a public hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, the House panel shared testimony that in addition to Brooks and Gaetz, Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.) And Louie Gohmert (Texas) also apologized.
The committee previously said that Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) Asked for a presidential pardon, which Congressman denied.
“The only reason I know to ask for a pardon is because you think you committed a crime,” committee member Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Said during the trial.