Former President Donald Trump told a radio host that he will issue full pardons for those involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol incident if he is reelected president. He added that many participants will receive an apology.
Over 800 defendants have been arrested and charged with federal crimes involving Jan. 6. In the almost 20 months since, approximately 370 have pleaded guilty or been convicted on charges from that day, and over 200 are now sentenced.
Trump acknowledged that he met a group of Jan. 6 defendants in recent days and is helping some of them financially. He said he is supporting some “incredible” people and “they were in my office actually two days ago.”
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He called what has been done to them a “disgrace.” The former president was referring to the Justice Department and FBI investigations into the events of Jan. 6. He noted that some are firemen, policemen, and people in the military.
Trump said that his legal team has been “working on it very hard” to assist the defendants. The possibilities of pardons had been broached previously, but it was the first time apologies and financial support were mentioned.
The former president was commenting on the Wendy Bell Radio show.
It was not disclosed how many are being supported and with how much. NPR reported early this year that some conservative media personalities have raised money to support the defendants.
As president, Trump issued full pardons to several associates who were targeted by Democrats for their loyalty to their commander-in-chief. They included Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Charles Kushner.
He said he will “look favorably” at giving full pardons for crimes related to the incident if he runs and wins in the 2024 presidential election.
Trump said the sentences are running two to six months, though one convicted defendant received a 10-year term to serve. He said that “we can’t let that happen here. POLITICO reported that Trump, in his last days in office, considered a blanket pardon for all Jan. 6 participants.
The question, of course, is whether Trump will run again in 2024. If he does, there are many injustices that are likely to be addressed.