Cheney criticizes DeSantis for Jan. 6 pardon remarks

Source: The Hill | May 25, 2023 | Julia Mueller

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Thursday appeared to criticize Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for saying he’ll consider pardoning Jan. 6 defendants if elected president, arguing that anyone with such plans “is not qualified” for the White House.

“Any candidate who says they will pardon Jan. 6 defendants is not qualified to be President,” Cheney wrote on Twitter. 

DeSantis, who launched his 2024 campaign on Wednesday, said Thursday that he would consider “on day one” pardoning defendants connected to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol if he won the Oval Office.

“On day one, I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases, who people are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we will be aggressive in issuing pardons,” DeSantis said on podcast “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” when asked about whether he’ll consider pardoning the defendants, including Trump.

Trump is currently facing a federal investigation into the transfer of power in the 2020 election.


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