DeSantis hints he could pardon TRUMP for January 6 if elected president

Author: Yuvi May 26, 2023

On the first day since he formally announced his presidential campaign Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis indicated he might pardon former President Donald Trump or January 6 rioters – vowing to review convictions by a ‘weaponized’ Justice Department.

He made the statement in a radio appearance on the Clay and Buck show hosted by Clay Travis and Buck Sexton – after being asked specifically whether he thought the January 6 defendants ‘deserve to have their cases examined by a Republican president.’

He was also asked specifically about former President Trump – the main rival who has been ridiculing him since his glitch-filled announcement – ‘gets charged with federal offenses’ and whether he would ‘look at potentially pardoning Trump himself’ based on the evidence that might emerging.

Rather than rule out any of the possibilities, DeSantis, who trails Trump by more than 30 points in a new Fox News poll, spoke about a ‘weaponized’ FBI.

Hours after former President Donald Trump mocked Ron DeSantis by saying ”My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working’ and yours ‘does not,’ the Florida governor said he would consider pardoning him and January 6 defendants on ‘Day One’

‘The DOJ and FBI have been weaponized. We see that. We see it in a variety of contexts, some of which you mentioned,’ he replied.

He said he would review individuals on a “case by case basis” but vowed to deal with people who have been “treated unfavourably.”

DeSantis made the commitment just hours after Trump called him ‘disloyal,’ mocked his campaign launch as ‘DISASTER!’, called him ‘Rob’ instead of ‘Ron,’ and taunted him by saying: ‘My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working (TRUTH!), yours doesn’t!’

DeSantis, a lawyer who attended Harvard law and served in the Navy JAG corps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, took the question on a day far-right Oath Keepers militant leader Stewart Rhodes got an 18-year prison sentence after being convicted of seditious conspiracy. The sentence came up during their conversation.

DeSantis said it was unfair how the government was selecting people to prosecute. He said he would begin his review on ‘Day One.’

Former President Donald Trump called DeSantis 'disloyal' and terms him 'Ron DeSanctimonious.'  The Florida governor indicated he could pardon Trump if he faces 'political' federal charges

Former President Donald Trump called DeSantis ‘disloyal’ and terms him ‘Ron DeSanctimonious.’ The Florida governor indicated he could pardon Trump if he faces ‘political’ federal charges

‘Some of it is the FBI going after parents, going to school board meetings. Some of it’s how they treat a pro-life demonstrator, how they don’t go after people that are attacking pro-lifers. And so what I’m going to do is — I’m going to do on Day One — I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases, who are people who are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we Will be aggressive in issuing pardons. Now, in some of these cases, some people may have a technical violation of the law.

He complained of uneven application of justice and claimed people from Black Lives Matter ‘don’t get prosecuted at all.’

‘And so we’re going to find ways where that didn’t happen. And then we’ll use the pardon power—and I’ll do that at the front end. You know, a lot of people wait until the end of the administration to issue pardons. We’re going to find examples where the government’s been weaponized against disfavored groups, and we will apply relief as appropriate. But it will be done on a case-by-case basis, because I think you’ve got to make sure that… There’s a whole bunch of cases that don’t necessarily get headlines. But if people are being treated just because they don’t get on TV or something, they’re being treated unfavorably. They need to have a fair hearing as well.

Clay Travis confirmed that a Trump pardon was specifically on the table.

‘And that could be from a grandmother who got arrested and prosecuted all the way up to, potentially, Trump himself. Is that fair to say when you analyze what the charges might have been brought at a federal level?’ he said.

DeSantis responded: ‘I would say any example of disfavored treatment based on politics or weaponization would be included in that review, no matter how small or how big.’

Among those presidents who made use of the virtually unlimited pardon power late in their terms are Bill Clinton and Trump, who in the last weeks of his presidency pardoned allies Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, former RNC finance chair Elliott Broidy, although he resisted pressure to issue a blanket January 6 pardon in advance of charges.

Although hypothetical, the issue of a Trump pardon could confront a future president.

He faces a potential indictment in special counsel Jack Smiths’ probe of January 6th and the removal of White House documents including classified material to Mar-a-Lago, as well as a potential criminal indictment in Georgia related to his election overturn effort.

Each case is different, but Trump did not fare well in a recent New York case, where he was found liable of sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll decades ago.

No federal charges have been filed and Trump denies wrongdoing in what he calls a ‘witch hunt.’

Author: Yuvi

My name is Yuvi, I work as Sub Editor at

26 May, 2023, 4:51 am

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