Trump rally in Texas: Former president teases presidential race, suspends January 6 pardons

Trump’s comments came at a campaign-style rally in Texas in which he complained about the criminal charges capitol rioters faced following their attempt to halt the College’s vote count. election after losing the 2020 election. He said the rioters were being treated “so unfairly”.

“If I run and if I win, we will treat these people fairly starting January 6. We will treat them fairly,” Trump said. “And if it requires pardons, we will grant them pardons. Because they are being treated so unfairly.”

His comments reflect growing sentiment among Republicans that the Capitol rioters should be forgiven and the events of that day forgotten – as the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 issued dozens of subpoenas to individuals and organizations as part of its investigation and is expected to release an interim report on its findings this summer. Some of Trump’s allies in Congress have pleaded for clemency for the rioters. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, recently called the year-long commemorations of the Capitol riot an effort to “smear” Trump supporters.

“It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace,” Trump said of the lawsuits and jail time the rioters faced.

The Justice Department has charged more than 700 people in connection with the attack on the Capitol.
Trump raised the prospect of pardons after a speech repeating his lies about widespread voter fraud causing his downfall to President Joe Biden in 2020. Republicans in state houses across the country seized on Trump’s lies to enact new laws that would make it harder for some to vote, and to continue ongoing reviews of the 2020 election results.

Trump has not explicitly said he will run for president in 2024. That would trigger a series of legal and campaign finance requirements.

But he said, in 2024, “We’re going to take over the White House.”

Trump also used the speech to protest New York prosecutors’ investigations into his business empire, calling for “the biggest protests we’ve ever had” if prosecutors “do anything wrong or illegal.” .

New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier this month presented details of what her office considers to be “misleading or fraudulent” financial statements. And Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. has vowed to focus personally on an investigation into Trump’s business practices. Both prosecutors — who Trump called “racist” — are black, and neither has faced credible misconduct charges.

“These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They are racists and they are very sick – they are mentally sick,” he said. “They’re going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they’re not going after me, they’re going after you. “

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