Rudolf W. Giuliani disputes the statement of the former White House aide that he asked for pardon from then-President Trump after the uprising in the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“No, I NEVER asked for pardon and never thought about it. I NEVER lied or did anything wrong. Friends have offered to pardon everyone around him because corrupt Democrats are trying to impersonate people, ”Mr. Giuliani, a longtime ally and former adviser to Trump, told The Washington Times on Thursday. “In fact, Russian mystification and Quid pro quo.”
During a testimony before the House of Representatives selection committee on January 6, Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified that her boss and Mr. Giuliani had asked for pardon themselves.
Requests for clemency, she said, were related to the riots that took place on January 6, when protesters in favor of Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol to protest lawmakers confirming the presidential election.
Trump’s attorney, John Eastman, who claimed rights to the Fifth Amendment when he testified before the committee two weeks ago, told Giuliani in an email after Jan. 6: “I decided I should be on the pardon list if it’s still in the works ».
Robert Castello, Mr Giuliani’s lawyer, had previously shared with the media Mr Giuliani’s refusal.
“Not only have I never asked for pardon. I told my client, President Trump, that if I was offered pardon, I would refuse it. Since I didn’t do anything wrong, there was no need for pardon, ”the former mayor of New York said at the time.
Mr Meadows also denies that he asked for a pardon from the president, saying through a spokesman that “he never asked for a pardon and did not plan to”.
Mr Giuliani appeared before the committee at nine o’clock in May, but it is unknown whether he answered questions about the president’s requests for pardon.
Mr. Meadows, however, declined to testify before the committee.
Ms. Hutchinson, 26, previously testified in a tape recording that Republican lawmakers, including Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Louis Homert of Texas, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Getz of Florida and Andy Biggs of Arizona asked for a presidential pardon after Jan 6 riots.
These lawmakers have also challenged Ms. Hutchinson’s claims.