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Lord love a duck: they really tried to get blanket pardons:

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol released on Tuesday 18 additional transcripts that provided more details about how former President Donald J. Trump considered “blanket pardons” for those charged in connection with the Capitol riot, and how several of his top political allies pushed unsuccessfully to be included in such pardons.

The transcripts, which come from the committee’s trove of hundreds of interviews, build on a growing body of evidence about the extent to which many in Mr. Trump’s orbit, including rioters, White House staffers, Republican members of Congress and some of the president’s own lawyers were seeking pardons after the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

According to Johnny McEntee, the 4th Reich’s director of White House personnel:

“One day when we walked into the Oval, I remember it was being discussed, and I remember the president saying, ‘Well, what if I pardoned the people that weren’t violent, that just walked in the building?’ And I think the White House counsel gave him some pushback.”

Mr. McEntee recalled Mr. Cipollone also rejected Mr. Trump’s idea that all White House staff should be pardoned, even those who had played no role in the president’s push to overturn the 2020 election.

“I remember Cipollone questioning on that, ‘Well, why does anyone need a pardon?”‘ Mr. McEntee recalled, adding that the president had responded, “‘Well, just so they can’t go after them for any little thing.’ And I think Cipollone said, ‘Yeah, but no one here has done anything wrong.”’

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In his testimony, Mr. McEntee recalled that Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, told him he had sought a pardon through Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff. Mr. McEntee told the committee he believed Mr. Gaetz was concerned about a federal sex trafficking investigation. Mr. Gaetz has denied wrongdoing in the matter.

And then Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony:

Ms. Hutchinson told the panel that both Mr. Gaetz and Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama had pressed for “a blanket pardon for members involved in that meeting and a handful of other members that weren’t at the Dec. 21 meeting as the pre-emptive pardons.”

She also said Mr. Meadows had sought broad pardons.

“Mr. Meadows was personally concerned that there would be a connotation of violence associated with everybody that had gone to the Capitol that day, so he had thought it was an idea worth entertaining and raising to White House Counsel’s Office to pardon those who had been inside the Capitol,” she said.

She added: “There was a period where several White House staffers and administration officials wanted to pardon themselves prior to leaving, and he was one of them. I don’t remember him lobbying the president very hard for it, but I know that, if there were going to be staff pardons, he wanted to be included in that group.”

A spokesman for Mr. Meadows denied that he had ever sought a pardon from Mr. Trump.

According to Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony, Representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Andy Biggs of Arizona all expressed interest in receiving pardons. She also testified that Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio had “talked about” pardons but did not directly ask for one, and that she had heard that newly elected Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia had also expressed interest to the White House Counsel’s Office.

It seems like all the cool kids were seeking pardons. It must have been a fad of the moment.

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2 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Richard says:

    Mobsters. Criminals. Thugs. Liars. Thieves. Really Bad Monsters. That’s how they look to me. I suppose Death will sort it out in the end. But i had better hopes. I was hoping we could survive this.

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