What Trump revealed about the January 6 attackers at the Capitol
What Trump revealed about the January 6 attackers at the Capitol,
Trump expresses solidarity with Jan. 6 rioters who stormed the Capitol
Donald Trump expressed his solidarity with the mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, sending a video of support Thursday night at a fundraiser hosted by the Patriot Freedom Project, a group that supports the families of those being sued by Govt.
“People have been treated unconstitutionally, in my opinion, and very, very unfairly, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” he said in the video, which appears to have been shot at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. “This is the weaponization of the judiciary, and we cannot allow this to happen in our country.”
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Trump announced a 2024 White House bid last month, promising that in the coming months, he would take a closer look at what he characterized as a “very unfair situation.”
The Patriot Freedom Project advertises itself as “a nonprofit organization that provides legal, financial, mental health and spiritual assistance to individuals and their families — including young children — who have suffered at the hands of a weaponized justice system.”
Trump has repeatedly made it clear that he stands with the crowd storming the Capitol to stop Congress from counting electoral votes to win Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election.
Trump said in September he would issue a full pardon and official pardon to rioters, some of whom violently attacked law enforcement to stop a democratic transfer of power.
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He told conservative radio host Wendy Bell, “I apologize to a lot of people and ask for a full apology.” Such a move would depend on whether Trump wins the 2024 presidential election.
The riot was the worst attack on the seat of US democracy in more than two centuries, in which four people were killed and police officer Brian D. Siknik, who was sprayed with a strong chemical irritant, suffered two strokes and died the next day.
About 140 members of law enforcement were injured when rioters attacked them with flag poles, baseball bats, stun guns, bear spray, and pepper spray.
As a result, the House impeached Trump on charges of inciting rebellion. The Senate acquitted him after the trial.
Trump’s comments came the same week that Stuart Rhodes, the leader of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia, and one of his subordinates were convicted of treasonous conspiracy. A jury found them guilty of inciting political violence and attempting to keep Trump in power through a months-long conspiracy to prevent Biden’s inauguration, culminating in the Jan. 6 attack.
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The panel of 12 deliberated for three days before finding Rhodes and Florida Oath Keeper Kelly Meigs guilty of forcibly opposing the lawful transfer of presidential power. But the other three accomplices were not convicted of a historically rare and politically charged treason charge.
All five were convicted of obstructing Congress from counting Electoral College votes. Both offenses are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
To date, more than 800 defendants have been arrested and federally charged in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia.