Trump says he will 'very, very seriously' consider January 6 pardons if he runs and wins in 2024

Trump says he will ‘very, very seriously’ consider January 6 pardons if he runs and wins in 2024

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“I’ll tell you, I’ll look very, very favorably at full pardons. If I decide to run and if I win, I’ll look very, very strongly at pardons. Full pardons,” Trump said on Wendy Bell Radio Thursday, adding: “We will be very, very seriously considering full pardons because we can’t let that happen. … And I mean full pardons with apologies to many.”

Trump had made a similar promise during his final days in office when some of the Jan. 6 rioters were already in jail. None, however, were pardoned before leaving office.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a member of the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, told CNN’s Victor Blackwell on “CNN Tonight” Thursday night that she found Trump’s apologetic remarks “shocking,” especially after A Jan 6 rioter was sentenced earlier today to 10 years for assaulting a police officer.

“For the former president to talk about forgiving people who engaged in this behavior is truly shocking,” the California Democrat said.

Trump’s comments come amid intense speculation about a possible re-election bid, and Trump’s continued invocation of the attack on Capitol Hill could preview a central part of his future political message.

When asked Thursday if he was going to run again, Trump replied, “Well, the time is coming and I think you’re going to be really happy,” adding, “You know you have the laws on the campaign finance and that doesn’t help you, that’s crazy, that’s not smart.”

“I’m going to do something and I think you’re going to be happy,” he added.

CNN has reached out to Trump’s representatives for comment.

CNN previously reported that after months of looking to Labor Day weekend as a target launch date for a 2024 campaign, Trump has spent the past few weeks moving away from that timeline following the raid. from the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago estate and increased panic. among Republicans that the party may not be in the red wave it long anticipated in November.

While his schedule could still change by November, the onslaught of political and legal concerns is making the former president nervous about plunging prematurely into the 2024 primary, according to nine former and current Trump aides and allies who requested anonymity to discuss internal matters.

The former president then claimed on Thursday that he was “financially supporting” some Capitol rioters whom he called “incredible.”

“They were in my office actually two days ago. It’s really on my mind. It’s a shame what they did to them, what they did to these people,” Trump continued, without naming who he met specifically.

Although pardons can only apply to criminal defendants, and almost all of the defendants who are charged at the time were in the US Capitol on January 6, Trump’s critics have previously raised the possibility that he could try to buy the silence of close advisers who were not directly involved in the insurrection.

Lofgren condemned the suggestion that Trump would provide financial support to the Capitol rioters, telling Blackwell, “That he would fund people who tried, you know, basically to assassinate the vice president, to nullify the election. … And to say it’s patriotic, to say that these people should get an apology, I’m sorry. It’s disgusting.

This story was updated with additional details on Thursday.

CNN’s Shawna Mizelle, Gabby Orr and Kristen Holmes contributed to this report.

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