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Jan. 6 hearing recap Trump White House aides say multiple GOP members of Congress asked for pardons

Richard Donoghue said on June 23 that Justice Department officials threatened to resign if President Donald Trump installed Jeffrey Clark as attorney general. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection held its fifth hearing of the month Thursday, with a focus on President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.

Multiple Republican members of Congress asked White House officials whether Trump would preemptively pardon them for their activities in the lead-up to Jan. 6 before he left office, testimony provided by former White House aides to the committee shows.