Former President Donald Trump revealed on Thursday he’s “financially supporting” some Jan. 6 defendants and reiterated that he would pardon some of them.
“I mean full pardons with an apology to many,” Trump on Thursday told radio host Wendy Bell.
The former president revealed that he met with some Jan. 6 defendants this week and confirmed he is helping them with their finances. The way some of the defendants have been treated by the federal government, Trump asserted, “is disgraceful.”
“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,” Trump said. “It’s a disgrace what they’ve done to them. What they’ve done to these people is disgraceful.”
More than a year and a half after the incident at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, some 370 individuals pleaded guilty to federal charges or have been convicted in connection to the Capitol breach. And of that number, 220 have been sentenced, according to the Department of Justice.
“I will tell you, I will look very, very favorably about full pardons. If I decide to run and if I win, I will be looking very, very strongly about pardons. Full pardons,” Trump also told Bell during her show.
“We’ll be looking very, very seriously at full pardons because we can’t let that happen,” he said. The former president did not give details about the defendants he is financially supporting or how many there are.
Former NYPD Officer Sentenced
The 45th president’s remarks come as a former New York City Police Department officer on Thursday received the lengthiest sentence in connection to the Jan. 6 breach.
Former NYPD officer Thomas Webster, who argued that he was acting in self-defense against a police officer that day, was accused by the judge Thursday of inciting violence and trying to attack officers. He was found guilty on six charges, including five felonies, in May.
“It is not until you arrived, Mr. Webster, that all hell broke loose,” Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama administration appointee, said on Thursday, reported CNN.
It was revealed in late July that about 150 Capitol Police and DC. Metro officers filed 293 Use of Force Reports obtained by The Epoch Times.
A Use of Force Report filed on Jan. 7, 2021—a day after the Capitol breach—showed that “approved strike areas” for use of a baton “include arms, legs and large muscle groups.”
Another video recently obtained by The Epoch Times shows a D.C. Metro Police officer Lila Morris beating 34-year-old Roseanne Boyland, who was unconscious. Witnesses said that she lost consciousness and stopped breathing before she was allegedly struck by Morris.
The D.C. Medical Examiner ruled Boyland died of an accidental overdose, although that ruling was criticized by her friends and family. They disputed the finding last year, saying she took prescription Adderall for many years.