Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Republican members of Congress sought pardons from Trump. Many did this to avoid impeachment. But others feared Trump would give himself a blanket pardon. This is not true. According to a former Republican White House staffer, Rep. Hutchinson, who was a member of the GOP Home at the time of the riot, did not seek a blanket pardon.

The two Republican members of Congress who have asked for pardons from Trump were Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Mo Brooks. According to reports, both lawmakers shared an email address with Trump’s executive assistant. In addition to Brooks, one former special assistant to the president, Cassidy Hutchinson, testified that Rep. Gaetz wanted a pardon for himself.

Brooks sent an email to the White House on Jan. 11, 2021 asking for pardons for Getz, as well as all Republican senators and congressmen. This email was related to the Jan. 6th 2021 riot in which Trump supporters invaded the Capitol and swarmed its halls. Rep. Getz also asked for a wide apology for the incident. The US Department of Justice was investigating him for possible sex trafficking of an underage girl.