Trump considers pardoning Capitol Hill attackers if re-elected in 2024
Eva Deschamps / January 31, 2022
Former U.S. President Donald Trump has opened the door to the idea of pardoning some Capitol Hill attackers on January 6, 2021, if he wins the 2024 presidential election.
If I run, and if I win, we'll treat the people of January 6 fairly, the Republican billionaire said Saturday at a rally in Conroe, Texas. And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are treated so unfairly today, he added. Since January 6, 2021, more than 725 people - including members of the far-right groups Proud Boys, Oath Keepers or Three Percenters - have been arrested and charged for their participation in this unprecedented assault, where five people died.
In front of millions of stunned television viewers around the world, Donald Trump's supporters had tried to enter the Congressional building, and for some had invaded it, at the moment when the elected officials were certifying Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. On January 13, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers group, Stewart Rhodes, 56, was indicted for sedition along with ten other members of the organization. At the same time, a parliamentary commission is continuing its work to shed light on the events and to determine the possible responsibility of Donald Trump and his entourage in the attack. It has subpoenaed several people close to the former president, including his daughter Ivanka.