Democrat senator says Trump should be impeached if he becomes president and pardons Jan 6 defendants

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told reporters Thursday that if former President Donald Trump wins the 2024 election and pardons some of the January 6th 2021 defendants as he’s said he would, that an impeachment trial would be warranted. 

“I think to violate the American trust by pardoning the January 6th insurrectionist would be itself a betrayal of trust, and would warrant an impeachment process,” Blumenthal said.

“I think that the motives and potential influences on him in pardoning January 6th rioters who literally caused deaths of capitol policemen I think would be beyond the pale.” 

On Wednesday Former President Trump took part in a Town Hall hosted by CNN, where he was asked by an audience member if he would pardon the January 6th defendants.

“I am inclined to pardon many of them,” Trump responded. “I can’t say for every single one of them, because a couple of them probably got out of control.” 

“I will say it will be a large portion of them, and it will be very early on, and they’re living in hell right now, ” he said to applause “they’re policemen, and they’re firemen, and they’re soldiers, and they’re carpenters, and electricians and they’re great people. Many are just great people.”

The host of the town hall, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, followed up by asking the former President if the pardons would include Proud Boys members convicted of seditious conspiracy.

“I don’t know. I’ll have to look at their case, but I will say in Washington, D.C., you cannot get a fair trial, you cannot,” Trump said.

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