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Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are sounding off their pardon woes on Twitter

The Jan. 6 House Select Committee to Investigate the Attack on the United States Capitol concluded its fifth public hearing Thursday, revealing that several Republican congressmen — Mo Brooks (Alabama), Matt Gaetz (Florida), Louie Gohmert (Texas) , Scott Perry (Pennsylvania) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) — petitioned then-President Donald Trump for a pardon in January 2021 after voting against confirming President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the Electoral College.

Not long after the bipartisan panel resigned, Gaetz, a fiercely loyal Trump ally and proponent of the big lie, took to Twitter to disparage his colleagues and their historical investigation.

“The January 6 Committee is an unconstitutional political sideshow,” he wrote. “She is quickly losing the interest of the American people and is now resorting to federal law enforcement cracking down on political opponents.

Gaetz was immediately met with scorn and ridicule.

Greene, another staunch Trump defender, also responded defensively, accusing the committee of “spreading gossip and lies” and conducting a “witch hunt.”

But her post only raised more eyebrows. She, too, was confronted with violent counter-reactions.

A notable expert noted Thursday night that asking for a pardon in exchange for a specific act is a federal crime.

“Congressmen aid Trump on and before 6/1, then demand pardon. Reminds me 18 USC 201: An official who corruptly seeks anything of value in return for an official act or engages in fraud is punishable by up to 15 years in prison & disqualified from office,” tweeted Norman Eisen, a CNN legal analyst and former Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Brooks, meanwhile, has agreed to testify before the select committee while it is public.

“My basic premise is that it’s in the public domain so the public can see it,” he said Wednesday, “so there aren’t any little things spilling out.”

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