Politics

'MALICIOUS LIES': Gohmert Wants Retraction, Apology from Jan. 6 Committee for Claiming He Sought Pardon

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.28.22

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is calling bullschiff on the Jan. 6 Committee —specifically on statements provided by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who claimed the Lone Star State Rep asked for a pardon.

According to The Washington Times, Gohmert flatly denies the allegations and believes video of Ms. Hutchinson’s deposition was deceptively edited to make it sound like pardons he was requesting for service members were, in actuality, for himself.

“The way the video testimony was presented makes it sound like my pardon requests for very deserving military members, former military, and one civilian servant in late 2020 in written letters and packages of information was asking for a pardon for myself,” Mr. Gohmert said in a statement this week to The Washington Times.

“Not only have I never asked for a pardon for myself, I have not done anything for which I need a pardon,” he said.

From The Washington Times

Mr. Gohmert and 11 other GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, were part of the Congressional Justice for Warriors Caucus and first sent a pardon request to the White House in February 2020 on behalf of Army National Guardsman Sgt. Derrick Miller.

Miller was released on parole in 2019 after being convicted of murdering an Afghan civilian during a battlefield interrogation in Afghanistan in 2010.

The Jan. 6 Committee displayed during last Thursday’s hearing an email from Rep. Mo Brooks, Alabama Republican, to Mr. Trump with the subject line “Pardons,” in which Mr. Brooks requested pardons for “every congressman or senator who voted to reject the electoral college vote submissions of Arizona and Pennsylvania.”

The committee then aired a videotaped deposition in which Ms. Hutchinson testified that Mr. Brooks “advocated for there to be a blanket pardon from members” involved in the Dec. 21, 2020, meeting. The lawmakers were supporting Mr. Trump’s efforts to get Congress to reject the certification of votes of swing states won by President Biden.

The committee then pressed during the deposition whether any other members asked for pardons.

“Mr. Gohmert asked for one as well,” Ms. Hutchinson replied.

Now, Gohmert wants the unedited video of the deposition and the transcript released in order to get the story straight. He’s also calling for Ms. Hutchinson to “publicly clarify her comments if she feels her words were misrepresented or her deposition was inappropriately edited.”

“If she simply made a mistake in her recollection, then a public apology would be the least she could do given the vicious attacks and smears that have arisen from her deposition,” he said.

Gohmert called on the Jan. 6 Committee to offer clarification and an apology.

“I am seeking a retraction, clarification & apology from the #J6 Cmte. It’s reprehensible & immoral to facilitate these malicious lies about anyone. They MUST release full raw video & transcript from Ms. Hutchinson’s deposition.”

Gohmert also shared a quote from Ms. Hutchinson, in which she seems to be caught in a game of telephone:

“He told me, that she heard from him, that she heard, from another guy, that she said he told her that she heard, that Trump may have said something, which was overheard, by her, about something, to the best of my knowledge.” -Cassidy Hutchinson”

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