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Revealed: Republican lawmakers sought PARDONS from Donald Trump for their role in the MAGA riot - who was talked out of it by lawyers who told him move would seal his impeachment trial fate

 Several Republican lawmakers involved in some way with the rally ahead of the storming of the Capitol earlier this month sought with Donald Trump for a pardon – but the president's legal advisors warned against granting the pleas.

Two people familiar with the plans told CNN that Trump decided not to grant the pardons to lawmakers before he leaves office Wednesday. He also decided Saturday night, according to sources, that he would not pardon himself or his family members.

Although it is not clear from the Tuesday report which Republican lawmakers directly asked the president for clemency, there are a number who were involved in the rally Democrats are claiming incited the ensued deadly riot.

Among those who spoke to the rally at the Ellipse before the mob rioted were Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama. 

Top 'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander said in a few livestreams that he planned the protest, which convened on Capitol Hill shortly before the storming, with those three congressmen in particular.

These three were also among the several dozen GOP lawmakers who voted to object to Congress certifying the Electoral College results for Joe Biden on January 6 – even after six hours of delay in the midst of the riot led by pro-Trump protesters.

A new report reveals Donald Trump has decided not to pardon himself, his family or Republican lawmakers – even though the latter have requested clemency over fears their involvement in the rally earlier this month could spell legal trouble

A new report reveals Donald Trump has decided not to pardon himself, his family or Republican lawmakers – even though the latter have requested clemency over fears their involvement in the rally earlier this month could spell legal trouble

Any Biggs of Arizona
Paul Gosar of Arizona
Mo Brooks of Alabama

A far-right organizer and activist repeatedly said Republican Representatives Andy Biggs (left), Paul Gosar (center) and Mo Brooks (right), who spoke at the Trump rally, helped organize the 'Stop the Steal' protest that convened on Capitol Hill right before the building was breached

Lawmakers and other Republican figures are concerned of legal repercussions due to their involvement with organizing the rally ahead of the protest – or even promoting it.

The House voted to impeach President Trump last Wednesday for 'incitement of insurrection,' claiming him riling up the crowd of thousands of his supporters is to blame for them storming the Capitol moments later.

Sources told CNN that those who participated in the rally, organized it and fundraised for it are concerned they could be targeted, including Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle – who both fired up the crowd in impassioned remarks before the president arrived.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her first choice wasn't impeachment, claiming she wanted Trump to either resign or Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to get the president out of office sooner.

She and other Democrats have voiced concerns over Trump issuing pardons in his final days in office, including an unprecedented self-pardon, preemptive pardons for his children and potentially granting clemency to those who stormed the Capitol.

Many of the president's most close advisers have urged him not to grant pardons to anyone involved in the attack on the Capitol.

Trump reportedly agreed with his attorneys and advisers that granting himself and his family clemency would increase the appearance of guilt.

With just one day left in his presidency, the outgoing president is expected to release his final batch of pardons later in the day Tuesday.

Some aides claim Trump was more receptive to not issuing pardons when told it not only would affect legal standing, but also could change his legacy.

As Trump leaves office, the Senate prepares to receive the article of impeachment against the president from the House. It is not clear if enough Republicans will cross the line to convict Trump.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, issues his biggest denunciation of the president on Tuesday in claiming his words 'provoked' those who stormed the Capitol.

If convicted, Trump will not receive benefits past presidents enjoy like a pension of Secret Service detail. He also would be banned from running for office in the future.

There are rumors Trump intends to immediately begin campaigning for a second term in 2024.

People familiar with the matter claim that the president is less concerned with the idea of not being able to run for president again and more worried about the optics of a convicted from the Senate. 

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