Former President Donald Trump reiterated his pledge to pardon some of the January 6 political prisoners in a comment to conservative radio host Wendy Bell, according to reporting from the Washington Post.
BREAKING: Trump says he is considering offering full pardons to J6 detainees who were persecuted along with a formal apology from the US government
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Trump suggested that he plans to issue full pardons to individuals arrested in connection with the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, if he gets reelected as president in 2024.
“I mean full pardons with an apology to many,” the former president said on Thursday morning.
Federal prosecutors are still in the process of charging people connected to the riot and bringing them to trial and sentencing.
On the same day that Trump made his comments, a jury sentenced Thomas Webster — a former New York City police officer and Marine Corps veteran — to ten years in prison on several charges, including assaulting officers and violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Webster’s sentence was the longest so far in connection with January 6.
Federal prosecutors are also targeting the attorneys of some of the January 6 defendants, as it was recently announced that Kellye Sorelle — an attorney for the Oath Keepers — has been charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
In the nearly 20 months since the incident, approximately 370 rioters have pleaded guilty to federal charges or been convicted, while more than 220 have been sentenced.
More than 800 defendants — from nearly all 50 states and Washington, D.C. — have been arrested and federally charged, according to the Washington Post.
Trump also revealed during the radio interview that he had met with some of the January 6 defendants earlier this week — announcing that he has been helping some of them financially.
“I am financially supporting people that are incredible and they were in my office actually two days ago, so they’re very much in my mind,” the former president said. “It’s a disgrace what they’ve done to them. What they’ve done to these people is disgraceful.”
During previous interviews, Trump has discussed the possibility of issuing pardons — though this is the first time he has mentioned issuing an apology to the defendants or providing financial support to them.