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Archive for January 31st, 2022

Trump Suggests He’d Pardon Some Jan. 6 Rioters If Elected to a Second Term

Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo via Shutterstock.

By Steve Neavling

Former President Donald Trump said he may pardon people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol if he gets elected to a second term as president.

“Another thing we’ll do — and so many people have been asking me about it — if I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,” Trump said at a rally in Conroe, Texas on Saturday. “And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons. Because they are being treated so unfairly.”

More than 700 people have been charged so far for allegedly participating in the riot. Among them are more than 150 people who were charged with assaulting police officers and 10 others charged with seditious conspiracy. 

It wouldn’t be the first time Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of supporters. Among them are Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief; Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist; Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser; and Roger Stone, his longtime friend. 

In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the suggestion of pardons “inappropriate.”

“No, I don’t want to send any signal that it was okay to defile the Capitol,” Graham said adding that, “There are other groups with causes that may want to go down to the violent path that these people get pardoned.”

Man Who Held Knife to Border Patrol Agent’s Throat arrested, FBI Says

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a man accused of holding a knife to the throat of a Border Patrol agent. 

Rey David Marquez-Jimenez, a 21-year-old Mexican citizen, illegally entered Arizona from Mexico before striking the agent on the head, tackling him and pulling out a knife and holding it near the agent’s face and throat, according to court documents obtained by The Arizona Republic. While trying to fend off the attacker, the agent’s hand was cut.

The agent was trying to detain another person when Marquez-Jimenez attacked him, the FBI said.  

Other agents detained the pair after they fled. 

The attack occurred at about 4:18 a.m. Wednesday in a remote location near Hereford. 

Marquez-Jimenez, who is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals, is scheduled back in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 8.