Trump Threatens to Free Jan. 6 Defendants Early if Re-elected

( – In a March 11 post on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump stated that if he were to be re-elected president in November, one of the first things he will do is “free” people charged with crimes related to Jan. 6, 2021.

In the post, he said on day one he would close the southern border, that he would “DRILL, BABY, DRILL,” and “Free the January 6 Hostages” that are “wrongfully imprisoned!”

Trump’s promise to pardon those charged with crimes related to Jan. 6 came on the same day that a report was released by the Republican-led House committee investigating the Jan. 6 committee. The report details a “hidden transcript” and alleges that a key element of former aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s 2022 testimony before the Jan. 6 committee was not corroborated by four employees from the Trump administration.

According to the Department of Justice, over 1,350 people from almost all 50 states have been charged with crimes related to Jan. 6, with prosecutors securing 950 convictions. More than 560 defendants were sentenced to prison time because of the charges, according to a January update from the DOJ.

Trump also faces federal charges in Washington, D.C., related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Early this year, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that some sentences for Jan. 6 defendants were increased improperly. One such ruling came on March 8, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of Jan. 6 defendant, whose sentence improperly included a charge of interfering “with the administration of justice.”

This is not the first time Trump has said he would pardon those charged with crimes related to Jan. 6. Last year, Trump said “very early on” if he were re-elected president, he would pardon a “large portion” of the Jan. 6 defendants. Trump has previously told President Joe Biden to “release” the Jan. 6 defendants, whom Trump called “hostages.”

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