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January 6 Committee Member: Trump “Definitely” Interfered With Witnesses’ Testimony in the Russia Investigation

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Rep. Pete Aguilar, a member of the House Select Committee on the Capitol Insurgency, said on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump was “definitely” tampering with the panel’s witnesses by discussing prospective pardons for convicts indicted in connection with the incident.

“I believe the question is more appropriate for my colleagues on the opposite side of the aisle.”
What happened to them?
Do they agree with this?
“When does enough become enough?”

“It wasn’t enough when a mob started yelling, ‘Hang Mike Pence,'” Aguilar concluded.
“When former President George H.W. Bush requested [Georgia Secretary of State] Brad Raffensperger to provide him 11,000 votes, it wasn’t enough.
Now, if he is re-elected, he is dangling pardons for individuals.
Will that suffice?
Is there going to be more collective amnesia?
I just don’t know where the floor is on that side of the aisle these days.”

 


In recent days, Trump has intimated that if he wins a second term as president, he may pardon the Capitol rioters and those linked with the insurgency.

“Another thing we’ll do — and so many people have asked me about it — if I run and win, we’ll treat those individuals fairly beginning Jan. 6.
“We will treat them fairly,” Trump vowed last Saturday at a rally in Texas.
“And if pardons are required, we will grant them.”
Because they are treated so inequitably.”

In an interview with Newsmax on Tuesday, Trump raised the potential of pardons once more, stating, “These individuals are being treated unfairly.”
I would absolutely — since some of them are being treated extremely unfairly — give them a pardon if things don’t turn out fairly.”

Trump also chastised Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of his closest legislative friends, for calling Trump’s remarks on future pardons “inappropriate” in an appearance with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
Graham went on to declare that he hoped the insurgents would “go to jail and get the book thrown at them, because they deserve it.”

“Well, Lindsey Graham is incorrect.
“I mean, Lindsey’s a great man, but he’s a RINO,” Trump stated in reaction to Graham’s comments on Tuesday, using the derogatory abbreviation for “Republican In Name Only.”

“I would definitely be prepared, and Lindsey Graham has no idea what the hell he’s talking about if he says that, because equal justice is required,” Trump added.
“What has occurred to this group of people is very, very unfair.”

Trump has already faced claims of witness tampering, including overtures he made to former national security advisor Mike Flynn and Trump 2016 campaign chair Paul Manafort during the investigation of then-special counsel Robert Mueller.

And, while Aguilar’s statement is without legal ramifications, it does highlight concerns that Trump’s remarks may inspire some of the defendants facing the most serious insurgency-related charges to hold out for the chance of another Trump term.
Some of the defendants were enraged at Trump’s refusal to pardon them in the closing days of his presidency.

 

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