White House Logs: Ten Republican Lawmakers Attended Meeting Focused On Pressuring Pence To Help Overturn 2020 Election
[guest post by Dana]
An interesting little tidbit from the Jan. 6 Committee:
Ten Republican members of Congress attended a Dec. 21 White House meeting focused on efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to help overturn the 2020 election, according to the Jan. 6 committee.
The revelation underscores how deep the involvement of some lawmakers were in former President Trump’s schemes to overturn the election even after the electoral college met to affirm President Biden’s victory.
So which Republicans were at the meeting? Exactly who you would expect:
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) said at a hearing on Tuesday that White House visitor logs reveal 10 members were physically in attendance::
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas)
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.)
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.)
Now-Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)
Additionally, behind a closed-door meeting:
[Cassidy] Hutchinson noted that “they dialed in a few Members over the course of that meeting.”
She mentioned two members – Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ga.) and Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) – who were not in the visitor logs cited by Murphy.
Of the aforementioned group, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Scott Perry and Marjorie Taylor Green are reported to have sought pardons, either directly or through another member from then-President Trump. (Biggs and Perry deny this.)
If you recall, Jim Jordan was tapped by House Leader Kevin McCarthy as one of five Republicans to sit on the Jan. 6 Committee. Two of his nominees to the committee, Jordan and Jim Banks, had voted against certifying Arizona’s and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Biden in 2020. Of course Nancy Pelosi had to reject their selection. As a result, McCarthy pulled the rest of his Republican nominees from the committee.
Another interesting tidbit from today: Rep. Cheney announced at the end of today’s hearing that Donald Trump had attempted to contact one of the committee’s witnesses:
“After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation, a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings. That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call.”
Cheney went on to say that the witness “did not answer or respond to President Trump’s call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call.” The person’s lawyer then notified the committee. Cheney followed up, saying that the committee had informed the Department of Justice about the attempt to contact the witness.
Taylor Budowich, the director of communications for former President Donald Trump, attempted to push back on Cheney’s claim, but he didn’t directly deny it:
The media has become pawns of the Unselect Committee. Liz Cheney continues to traffic in innuendos and lies that go unchallenged, unconfirmed, but repeated as fact because the narrative is more important than the truth. https://t.co/HbPiDIk7jb
— Taylor Budowich (@TayFromCA) July 12, 2022