Former President Donald Trump said Friday that he will seriously evaluate pardons for some defendants who were charged by the federal government in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol incident.During a speech in Nashville on Friday, Trump again suggested that he may run for president in 2024 and if he is elected, pardons would be considered.
“And if I become president someday—if I decide to do it—I will be looking at them very very seriously for pardons,” Trump told an audience, as applause and cheers erupted. “They’ve been treated very unfairly.”
A number of Jan. 6 defendants, Trump said, had “their lives totally destroyed and [are] being treated worse than terrorists and murderers despite most being charged with parading through the Capitol.”
The former commander-in-chief did not elaborate on who he believes should receive a pardon.
A coalition of Republican lawmakers on Thursday blasted the treatment of Jan. 6 detainees, saying it was akin to that of “political prisoners” in authoritarian countries.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R‑Ga) in a press conference said the detainees are “being used as pawns to dangle in front of [Americans] to show that if you cross a certain line, if you support a certain president—as in Preside …
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