(PresidentialHill.com)- Ultra-progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes that the name of every person who asked for a pardon under former President Donald Trump after the incidents of January 6, 2021, needs to be revealed to the public.
Over the weekend, the New York representative said that the names of every person requesting a pardon after the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building needs to be released, so the public can see if there was any conspiracy there.
Last Thursday night, during the first public hearing the House’s special committee investigating the January 6 attacks held, Republican Representative Liz Cheney said that various lawmakers had requested Trump to pardon them following the attacks. Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the panel, said the panel’s investigation revealed that fact.
Cheney mentioned Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry by name during her speech, but she also said “multiple other Republican congressmen” asked Trump for a pardon. She said that was done because they believed they could be accountable for the roles they had in trying to block the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Appearing on the “State of the Union” program on CNN on Sunday, AOC responded to that, saying:
“When you don’t know which of your colleagues were part of a potential conspiracy, then we need to find out. I believe that every member of Congress should be able to answer that question.”
AOC took some matters into her own hands, too. Following the hearing last Thursday, she tweeted directly at Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Green, Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert to ask them if they asked Trump for a pardon.
To this point, Perry has actually denied that he asked Trump for a pardon. The House panel subpoenaed him recently to testify and provide evidence to them as part of their investigation, but he has said he wouldn’t cooperate with it.
In response, AOC said:
“We’ll see what the evidence that the committee lays out will be. I believe that the committee would never make an allegation so serious without very substantial evidence to present to the American public.”
The committee held their second public hearing earlier this week, and they have a few more planned in the coming weeks. It’s possible that the committee will decide to present more information on the matter to the public, or they could turn that over to another government department.
AOC is never shy about making public accusations and causing a stir in the media. Just recently, some Democrats were in an uproar because she seemed hesitant — at best — about potentially supporting President Joe Biden if he decides to run for re-election in 2024.
“I think if the president has a vision, then that’s something certainly we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes. We should endorse when we get to it.
“I believe that the president’s been doing a very good job so far, and … should he run again, I think that … we’ll take a look at it.”