Trump Pledges to Pardon Jan. 6 Participants if Reelected
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Former President Donald Trump said that he would consider pardoning those charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, saying he would treat them “fairly” if he were reelected.
“If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly,” Trump said at a rally in Conroe, Texas.
“And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”
According to a report from the Justice Department, more than 725 people have been arrested on charges stemming from the incident.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Trump’s remarks “inappropriate.”
“I think it’s inappropriate. … I don’t want to do anything that would make this more likely in the future,” Graham told CBS’s Margaret Brennan during an appearance on Face The Nation.
“When Kamala Harris and her associates … raised money to bail out the rioters who hit cops in the head and burned down stores, I didn’t like that either. So I don’t want to do anything, from raising bail to pardoning people who take the law in their own hands, because it will make violence more likely.”
During his speech, Trump also called for mass protests if prosecutors “do anything wrong or illegal” while investigating him and his business practices.
“If these radical, vicious racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protest we have ever had … in Washington, D.C, in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere because our country and our elections are corrupt,” Trump said.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves on the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, criticized Trump’s comments.
“Trump uses language he knows caused the Jan 6 violence; suggests he’d pardon the Jan 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy; threatens prosecutors; and admits he was attempting to overturn the election,” she tweeted, adding: “He’d do it all again if given the chance.”