Trump addresses pardoning Jan. 6 perpetrators

 March 20, 2024

Peter Navarro, a former official in the White House, is going to serve four months in prison for his refusal to participate in the January 6th investigation.

Navarro served as the President's assistant throughout the Trump administration and has been vocal about retaliation against the president, as Newstalkz reported.

US Correspondent Richard Arnold informed radio host Mike Hosking that he had called the guilty January 6th rioters hostages, whom he will pardon, and stated that former Republican Senator Liz Cheney ought to be imprisoned.

Trump said that the rioters on January 6th were patriots who are now being held captive.

Previous Statements

Trump declared last Monday that he would "free" everyone convicted of crimes connected to the attack on the US Capitol building on January 6th, if he were to win the presidency in November.

"My first acts as your next President will be to Close the Border, DRILL, BABY, DRILL, and Free the January 6 Hostages being wrongfully imprisoned!" Trump wrote on his Truth Social account.

It seemed to be the first time he had made a firm reference to the defendants' release on January 6th as a Day One goal.

Reaction to Trump's Remarks

In reaction to Trump's remarks, Sarafina Chitika, a campaign spokesperson for President Joe Biden, said in a statement that the former leader "has shown he’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to power — including excusing and encouraging political violence."

"The American people haven’t forgotten the violent attack at our Capitol on January 6 — they know Trump is too dangerous to be let anywhere near the Oval Office again, and they’ll turn out to protect our democracy and keep Trump out of the White House this November,” Chitika said.

In addition to urging Biden to "release" the defendants from January 6, Trump has hinted that if he wins the election in November, he would probably pardon a sizable proportion of them.

More Terminology

Additionally, he frequently refers to the defendants as "hostages," a description that the White House has deemed "grotesque."

The U.S. attorney's office for Washington, D.C., reports that over 950 convictions have been obtained by prosecutors in relation to the incident on January 6, 2021, and nearly 500 persons have been sentenced to prison terms.

Over 1,350 individuals have been charged in relation to the assault.

Trump declared in January of last year that he would pardon "a large portion" of the defendants from January 6 and that he would do so "very early on." A president can commute a sentence and grant a pardon.

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