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  • Writer's pictureJanuary 6th News

Trump Promises Pardons for Jan. 6 Rioters, Does Not Rule Out Violent Offenders

Updated: Jun 21

Trump giving a campaign speech where he promises to pardon Jan 6 mobbers

During a recent campaign speech, Donald Trump reiterated his promise to pardon mobbers involved in the January 6th Capitol riot if re-elected. He has refused to specify which offenders might receive a pardon, only offering a vague commitment to a “case-by-case” review process. 

Presumably, Trump’s list will include the rioters who assaulted law enforcement officers. Over 1,400 individuals have been federally charged in connection with the attack, including more than 500 charged with assaulting police officers. Over 140 police officers were injured in the Jan. 6 attack. 

Trump has also not ruled out pardoning members of extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, whose leaders have been convicted of seditious conspiracy. These groups were behind the plotting and execution of the deadly attack on Jan. 6, and they have made it clear that the attack on the Capitol was just the beginning.

Trump's history of using his pardon power to benefit political allies, like Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, further suggests a readiness to overlook serious offenses if it benefits his political agenda. Trump’s pardon precedent could imply that the law does not apply to those acting in the president's favor, undermining the rule of law and encouraging future political violence. 

The Continued Impact of January 6th

(Updated on June 21, 2024)

The investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol continue to reveal the severity and scale of the crimes committed:

Extensive Damage and Costs:

  • Over $2.8 million in damages to the Capitol building and grounds.

  • Massive Law Enforcement Response:

  • More than 1,457 individuals charged across nearly all 50 states.

  • 517 individuals charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

  • 140 police officers were assaulted, including 80 from the U.S. Capitol Police and 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Weapon and Property Offenses:

Obstruction and Conspiracy:

  • 355 charged with obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding.

  • 57 charged with various conspiracy offenses.

Guilty Pleas and Sentences:

  • 835 individuals pleaded guilty to various federal charges, with 263 pleading guilty to felonies.

  • 543 sentenced to periods of incarceration.

  • Four individuals pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy.

These ongoing efforts highlight the unwavering resolve of the Department of Justice to hold accountable those who committed crimes on January 6, 2021. The attack on the Capitol was not just an isolated incident but a significant threat to the rule of law and democracy. The substantial number of charges and convictions underscores the gravity of the offenses and the comprehensive response required to address this unprecedented assault on American institutions.


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