TRAITORS: GOP Senators Led By Graham Slam Trump Jan. 6 Pardon Promise

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President Donald J. Trump’s statements about handing out pardons to Americans who are people politically persecuted over the events of Jan. 6 2021 are being mocked and slammed by some Senate Republicans who never stand firm in their support and defense of the America First agenda that they claim to support.

“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s closest allies, said that granting pardons to Jan. 6 protesters is a bad idea,” The Hill reported.

While almost all of the investigation into the events and the participants of Jan 6th has been one-sided against the supporters of Trump it is odd to see Graham condemn people assuming their motives and buy into the company line of what happened that day.

Graham, the Hill describes as “one of Trump’s staunchest allies in the Senate”, said granting pardons to people who tried to intimidate and stop lawmakers from doing their jobs would set a bad precedent.

“It reinforces violence. The people who defiled the Capitol and took the law in their own hands deserve to be brought to justice,” he said.

The news of Graham’s comments comes as the US  House panel supposedly investigating the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th, 2021, is starting up the public portion of its probe again, eyeing at least two more hearings in the coming weeks- hoping to discredit Trump and his supporters further.

But Graham seems to have made up his mind about the whole thing.

“Pardons are given to people who admit misconduct, rehabilitate themselves. They’re not supposed to be used for other purposes,” Graham said.

More GOP members are slamming Trump’s promise to pardon the Jan. 6 protesters, claiming that his statements are inappropriate.

“I don’t think potential candidates should hold pardons out as a promise,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who is usually a reliable Trump ally. “It’s somewhat problematic for me on a moral level and an ethical level — sort of like promising other giveaways to particular individuals.

“I prefer avoiding those kinds of things,” Cramer said.

The Hill reported on more details of the fallout from Trump’s promise to defend Americans:

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said he wouldn’t support granting pardons to people convicted of crimes because of their actions on Jan. 6.

“If he were elected, he would have a constitutional ability to do it,” he said of Trump’s promise of pardons. “I would disagree with it. I think there was insurrection and I think these folks need to be punished.

“I was there. This was truly violent. People were injured, people were killed. I have very little mercy for the individuals that were involved in that activity that day,” Rounds added.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said people who committed crimes on Jan. 6 must face the consequences of their actions.

“The only people that get pardoned are people who are charged with crimes. If they were charged with crimes, they ought to be prosecuted like everybody else,” he said. “The rule of law applies. If people broke laws, they need to be held accountable.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who voted last year to impeach Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6, said pardoning people who invaded the Capitol to stop Biden’s election would be wrong.

Not every Republican is quick to dismiss the idea of a pardon.

“The Biden Justice Department has used Jan. 6 and the violent acts of a few to justify persecuting the peaceful protest and political speech of the many,” US Senator Ted Cruz said about the ideas of pardons. “It is wildly inconsistent.

“The Department of Justice turns a blind eye to violent rioters who looted, destroyed and firebombed American cities across the country but is eager to target anyone who dares speak on the other side of the aisle,” he said, citing Biden’s recent speech in Philadelphia, where he accused Trump and his allies of pushing a form of political extremism that “threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

“This past week it got so bad that Joe Biden, bathed in red light, decreed that half the nation are fascists because they dare to disagree with his socialist policies,” Cruz said. “What DOJ is doing, targeting the political enemies of the White House, is corrupt and incredibly harmful.”

Asked if people who illegally entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 should receive pardons if they didn’t assault officers or destroy property, Cruz would only say “acts of violence are qualitatively different.”

A study of court records by The Associated Press has found that federal prosecutors have filed more than 300 cases related to the protests that swept America after Floyd’s death.

It also found that more than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty to crimes such as rioting and arson and that more than 70 have received sentences, with the average penalty being 27 months in prison.

That is nothing compared to what has happened to the Jan. 6th defendants.


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