Donald Trump promises to pardon supporters of the January 6 riots in the US Congress if he returns as president

CONROE, Texas – Former President Donald Trump is hanging on to the prospect of pardoning supporters involved in the deadly January 6 hurricane on the US Capitol if he returns to the White House.

“If I run and if I win, we’ll treat those people fairly from January 6,” Trump said Saturday night during a rally in Conroe, Texas. “And if it asks for an amnesty, we will pardon them because they are being treated so unfairly.”

The offer represents Trump’s attempt to further mitigate the most significant attack on the seat of government since the War of 1812. Participants smashed windows, assaulted police officers and caused Legislators and congressional staff fled while trying to stop the peaceful transition of power and certify the victory of rival Joe Biden.

More than 700 people have been arrested and charged with federal charges in connection with the riots, marking the largest investigation in Justice Department history. The tally includes more than 150 people accused of assaulting police officers, more than 50 charged with conspiracy and conspiracy charges against the founder and leader of the far-right militia group The Keepers swear, and 10 other members or associates.

More than 100 police officers were injured, some seriously, after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, following Trump’s “Stop Theft” rally near the White House, during there he falsely claimed Biden won the election through massive voter fraud.

As President Trump used his pardoning power to pardon or reduce the sentences of many political allies, friends and associates, including his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon; his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn; and a longtime friend and political ally, Roger Stone.

Trump has criticized the Democratic-led House of Representatives for its ongoing investigation into the riots.

While his supporters occupied the Capitol on January 6, Trump ignored desperate pleas from allies to turn down the attack and repeatedly praised those who took part in the rally.

“It’s a lot of love there,” he said recently of rally attendees in an interview on Fox News. “Believe me, there’s a lot of love, a lot of friendship and people who love our country.”

Trump, who was impeached by the House of Representatives for his role in instigating the uprising but acquitted by the Senate, has teased a third run for the White House in 2024.

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