CLEVELAND, Ohio — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) discussed presidential pardons for members of Congress with the White House, according to testimony at Thursday’s committee hearing into the Jan. 6, 2020, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said under oath that multiple members of Congress sought pardons for their role in the Jan. 6 attack. Jordan was one of the lead proponents of the baseless claims that the 2020 election was rife with fraud, which caused Republican then-President Donald Trump’s defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
“Mr. Jordan talked about Congressional pardons, but he never asked me for one,” Hutchinson said. “It was more for an update on whether the White House was going to pardon members of Congress.”
Russell Dye, a spokesman for Jordan, did not respond to a question about why Jordan discussed pardons for members of Congress if nothing illegal happened, a stance Jordan has maintained as the committee investigates the incursion that day. Dye’s only response was to link to a tweet from the House Judiciary GOP account describing the testimony as “100% fake news.”
Jordan is one of several members of Congress the committee subpoenaed, though he has refused to testify under oath. He has said multiple times publicly that he never asked for a pardon.
The Thursday testimony from Hutchinson, as well as other Trump administration officials, laid out multiple members of Congress who sought pardons from Trump after his supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.
Chief among those were Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Mo Brooks of Alabama, who were identified by multiple witnesses. Other Republican members of Congress who sought pardons, according to testimony, were Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who oversaw most of the questioning during Thursday’s hearing, described the behavior by the members of Congress asking for pardons as suspect.
“I know the only reason to ask for a pardon is because you think you have committed a crime,” Kinzinger said.