In an interview this week, Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis reportedly stated that he would be open to forgiving former President Donald Trump if the evidence shown that he had been the target of political exploitation.
DeSantis stated that he will put together a committee to analyze cases that could be eligible for pardons on day one of his administration during an appearance on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” on Thursday.
The former president is currently the subject of two federal criminal investigations, including one into how he handled secret government documents and another into how he tried to sway the outcome of the 2020 election.
“Do you think the January 6 defendants deserve to have their cases examined by a Republican president? And if Trump, let’s say, gets charged with federal offenses and you are the President of the United States, would you look at potentially pardoning Trump himself based on the evidence that might emerge of those charges?” Travis asked DeSantis.
“The DOJ and FBI have been weaponized. We see that. We see it in a variety of contexts, some of which you mentioned. Some of it is the FBI going after parents going to school board meeting. Some of it’s how they treat a pro-life demonstrator, how they don’t go after people that are attacking pro-lifers. And so what I’m going to do is — I’m going to do on day one — I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases, who are people who are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we will be aggressive at issuing pardons. Now, some of these cases, some people may have a technical violation of the law.” He responded.
DeSantis also stated that, in contrast to other administrations, his will want to grant the pardons early on in his term in office.