Donald Trump hints at US presidential run in 2024 and teases pardons for rioters

Donald Trump refers to himself as '45th and 47th president'

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The former President’s comments came as he held a campaign-style rally in the southern state of Texas.

During the tour, the 45th President stated he felt the rioters had been “treated unfairly” over the prosecutions handed out following the riots in which 5 people lost their lives.

Speaking at the rally, Mr Trump said: “If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly.

“And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons.

“Because they are being treated so unfairly.”

The comments come as disgruntled Republicans are growing in numbers as the treatment of the rioters who flooded into the Capital building in January 2021.

The House Select Committee has issued a number of subpoenas to individuals and organisations as part of its campaign to have a full report published on the events of January 6.

Mr Trump is not alone when it comes to calling for the release of the rioters from incarceration.

The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, also a potential candidate for the White House in 2024 labelled the commemorations of the riot one-year on as a “smear” on Mr Trump’s supporters.

Continuing his speech at the rally, the former president stated: “It’s a disgrace, it’s a disgrace” speaking of the sentences the rioters have been given.

The Department of Justice has charged more than 700 people in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

Mr Trump has raised several notions as part of his potential upcoming campaign.

The former president raised the idea of the pardons after his speech in Texas that once again reiterated the claims that Joe Biden had not in fact won the election, and the results were fake.

Republican supporters have used the momentum to enact new laws that would make voting harder for some people.

They also wish to follow plans to further review elections results in 2020.
During the rally, Mr Trump did not officially announce his intention to run for the White House.

In doing so, a series of legal and campaign finances would be required.
The Republican favourite did however say: “We are going to take back the White House.”

With Mr Trump also under scrutiny over his personal business dealing, he used the speech to slam the investigation into his affairs, calling for “the biggest protests we have ever had” if the prosecutors “do anything wrong or illegal.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier this month laid out details of what her office believes to be “misleading or fraudulent” financial statements.

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Ms James alleged since initiating the investigation in 2019 that her office has uncovered “significant” evidence “indicating that the Trump Organisation used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions.”

Mr Trump has denied all allegations.

A spokesman for the Trump Organisation said: “allegations are baseless and will be vigorously defended.”

Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. has also vowed to personally focus on a probe into Mr Trump’s business practices.

Ending his rally campaign speech on the investigators, Mr Trump said: “These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people.

He added: “In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you.”

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