Trump Could Use Pardon Power For ‘Political Advantage’ Says Expert

( — On Tuesday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times indicated that former President Trump might perceive a “political benefit” in suggesting pardons for guilty individuals concerning the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol assault.

Following the 22-year prison sentence given to Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys, due to his involvement in the Jan. 6 unrest, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins inquired if Trump’s perspective on potential pardons might shift, especially given the domestic terrorism context.

Haberman responded, “Regardless of Trump’s prior statements, he has been fundraising to support those charged due to the Jan. 6 events. I’m skeptical about him revising his stance.”

She remarked, “His legal team might prefer modifications in his declarations and actions. However, from his perspective, he believes there’s a political gain in persistently hinting at the possibility of pardons. He views it as a method to galvanize his base.”

In May, Tarrio was found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other grave offenses due to his central role in a scheme to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election results on Jan. 6.

His sentence is the harshest delivered concerning the events of Jan. 6.

With over 3,000 potential chargeable individuals, the FBI has only apprehended a small percentage. Federal authorities report that around 250 suspects believed to have assaulted officers on Jan. 6, 2021, remain elusive.

Additionally, the individual responsible for placing pipe bombs near the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee before the attack has not been captured.

As the investigation approaches its third year, arrests have notably decreased. With just three years remaining before most Jan. 6 offenses reach their statute of limitations, the urgency increases. Even though the Justice Department is poised to receive significant additional funding to support the investigation, it will also be under the watchful eye of a Republican-led House.

Some members of this House have voiced their desire to reduce the FBI’s funding and have expressed strong disapproval of the Justice Department’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6.

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