Trump declared Saturday night at a Conroe rally, Texas, “If I run, and if I win,” he said. “And if they need pardons, then we will grant them pardons. They are being treated so unfairly.”
Trump attempted to minimize the worst attack on the government seat since the War of 1812. Participants broke through windows and assaulted officers, sending lawmakers and staff fleeing for safety while they tried to stop the peaceful transition of power.
In connection with the riot more than 700 people were arrested and charged with federal offenses. This is the largest investigation by the Justice Department in its history. More than 150 people were charged with assaulting officers and more than 50 with conspiracy and seditious conspiracies against the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, as well as 10 others.
After Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, many police officers sustained serious injuries, including some of the most critical, on January 6, 2021. This was in response to a “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House, where he falsely claimed that Mr. Biden had won the election by massive voter fraud.
Trump was president and used his pardon power for pardoning or commuting the sentences of many political friends and associates, including his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, his former campaign chair Paul Manafort, his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and Roger Stone, a friend and long-standing political ally.
Trump has criticised the Democratic-led House’s ongoing investigation into the riot.
Trump refused to disavow the attack by his allies when they overran the Capitol on January 6. He has repeatedly praised the people who took part in the protest.
He said that there was a lot love at the rally, in an interview with Fox News. Believe me, there was a lot love and a lot friendship. People that love our country.
Trump was impeached by Congress for inciting the insurrection, but the Senate acquitted him. He has been teasing about a third run for White House in 2024.