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Trump says he will ‘very seriously’ consider pardoning defendants on January 6 if re-elected

Trump says he will 'very seriously' consider pardoning defendants on January 6 if re-elected

Donald Trump said Friday that he would “very, very seriously” consider pardoning his supporters who were indicted in last year’s violent insurrection at the US Capitol if he is elected president again.

Trump complained in a speech in Nashville, Tennessee, that people who were arrested after storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, “had their lives totally destroyed and were treated worse than terrorists and murderers.”

He added: “If I ever become president, if I decide to do so, I will look very, very seriously at them for forgiveness. Very, very seriously. They have been treated very unfairly.”

Trump has not yet declared that he is running for president.

He also falsely claimed that “most” of those arrested for the January 6 events were charged with nothing more than “parading the Capitol.”

There is no such “parade” charge. In fact, the defendants have been charged with assault, which includes causing serious bodily injury to police officers, as well as destruction of property, robbery, conspiracy, seditious conspiracy and trespassing, among other crimes, according to the Department of Justice. Justice.

More than 840 people have been arrested. Rioters on Capitol Hill caused nearly $3 million in losses, including property damage, and some 140 police officers were injured in the violence.

Trump’s comments follow three televised hearings of the House select committee investigating the insurrection. The committee has revealed how Trump and his allies threatened to overthrow the democratic system, and how close former Vice President Mike Pence came to an angry mob that called for his hanging because he had refused Trump’s orders to reject the election results. 2020.

The former president reiterated his position in his Nashville speech that Pence should have followed his orders and changed the election to keep Trump in the Oval Office.

“I never called Mike Pence a coward,” he said, denying his testimony at the hearing. “I never called him a coward. Mike Pence had a chance to be great… I say this sadly, because I like him, but Mike didn’t have the courage to act..”

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