Trump vows task force to probe cases of Biden era 'political prisoners' if elected

 September 17, 2023

Though the 2024 election is more than a year away, former President Donald Trump is already focused on what he will do should he win another term in the White House, and that reportedly includes creating a task force to review the cases of “political prisoners” he says may have been wrongly prosecuted by the Biden administration, as the Washington Examiner explains.

Trump's comments on the matter came as part of the Family Research Council's Pray Vote Stand summit, which took place in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.

Day-one pledge

Speaking to those assembled at the event, Trump declared, “The moment I win the election, I will appoint a special task force to rapidly review the cases of EVERY political prisoner who has been unjustly persecuted by the Biden administration.”

The former – and perhaps future – president indicated his intention to “study the situation very quickly and sign their pardons or commutations on day one.”

“I want to see what's going on. It's a horrible thing that's happening. Twenty-two years, 18 years, 10 years. It's a terrible thing,” Trump added, referencing the often-lengthy sentences that have been handed down to those involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 unrest.

Leading up to that promise, Trump also made reference to the prosecution and conviction of several anti-abortion demonstrators in the capital as one of the reasons underlying his resolve. “No president has ever fought for Christians as hard as I have,” he said.

Trump not alone

The former commander in chief is not the only presidential contender who has broached the possibility of clemency for many of those who have been prosecuted by Biden's Justice Department in recent years, as NDTV reports.

GOP primary hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has also floated the idea that he would pardon peaceful Jan. 6 participants if he were to secure a seat in the Oval Office in 2024.

Speaking last month about the situation, Ramaswamy said, “America now has a two-tiered justice system: Antifa and BLM rioters roam free while peaceful January 6 protesters are imprisoned without bail.”

“Biden's 'Department of Injustice'ds has executed over 1,000 arrests for nonviolent offenses related to January 6, casting a dark shadow over Lady Justice and the foundational principles of our legal system,” he added.

Pardon promise

Cementing his convictions on the issue, Ramaswamy later declared, “To unify this country, I commit as president to pardon all Americans who were targets of politicized federal prosecutions and those denied due process.”

“This includes all peaceful, nonviolent, January 6 protesters who were denied their constitutional due process rights,” the tech mogul went on.

It is not just rank-and-file protesters Ramaswamy's potential clemency would reach, as he has also vowed to pardon Trump, should he be convicted on any of the criminal charges he currently faces.

“I stand on the side of justice when I say I will stay true to my commitment to pardon Trump on day one, unambiguously and more importantly, call on Biden and the Department of Justice to drop these prosecutions in the meantime,” Ramaswamy added, but whether his or Trump's plans in this realm ever come to fruition, only time will tell.

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