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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) was “bombed” Thursday on Twitter.

It happened after tThe House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol revealed that the lawmaker was one of at least five members of Congress who tried to seek clemency from then-President Donald Trump for their role in aiding Trump’s bid overturn the 2020 presidential election.

But Gaetz wanted his pardon to be much broader than his role in Trump’s voter fraud, according to Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

She told the committee that Gaetz had been asking for a pardon since early December, according to Business Insider.

Former White House senior adviser Eric Herschmann told the committee that the “overall tone” of the clemency request revolved around the idea that “we could be sued because we were defending, you know, the positions of the president on these things”.

However, Herschmann noted that the forgiveness Gaetz sought may also have been intended to shield him from the sex trafficking investigation swirling around him.

“The forgiveness he was talking about, asking for, was as broad as you could describe, from… the beginning of time until today, for anything and everything,” Herschmann told the committee.

After the revelation, Gaetz posted on Twitter to accuse the committee of being “an unconstitutional political sideshow” that is “quickly losing the interest of the American people and now resorting to federal law enforcement on political opponents.”

Many Twitter users responded with variations on the same joke.

Others pointed out that innocent people rarely ask for forgiveness.

One person had a pertinent question for the congressman.

The Huffington Gt

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