Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would consider amnesty for Jan. 6 participants, including former President Donald Trump, if he is elected president in 2024.
DeSantis was asked whether he would consider pardoning J6 during an appearance on Thursday’s podcast The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.
“On the first day, we will bring people together to investigate all these incidents, investigate who are the victims of the use of weapons and political targeting, and be proactive in issuing amnesties,” DeSantis said. “I believe that any instance of detrimental treatment based on politics or the use of weapons, whether large or small, would be included in that review.”
On his first day as president, DeSantis will investigate Justice Department abuses against parents, pro-lifers, and J6 defendants.
“We will aggressively grant amnesty…we will find instances where the government is being used as a weapon against disadvantaged groups and apply remedies where necessary.” pic.twitter.com/OTfhEmeMmS
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DeSantis said the Jan. 6 aggressive prosecution of the participants was part of the Justice Department and the FBI arming their authority.
According to Justice Department figures released earlier this month, 1,033 people were arrested for being in the Capitol that day. About 485 people have already been sentenced.
“Under the continued guidance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the attacks continues at unprecedented speed and scale,” the Justice Department said in a press release. . release. “The Justice Department’s resolve to hold those responsible for the crimes of January 6, 2021 to account has not waned and will continue to do so.”
“More than 1,033 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” the Justice Department continued. “Approximately 346 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers and employees, including charges of using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious injury to an officer. It includes about 108 people who have been indicted.”
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DeSantis also said he believes the Justice Department is targeting anti-abortion activists and parents who speak at school board meetings.
“The government intends to find instances where weapons have been used against disadvantaged groups and will apply remedies where necessary, but it will be on a case-by-case basis,” DeSantis said. .
DeSantis announced Wednesday his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.