Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis recently stated that he would be willing to pardon former President Donald Trump if an examination of the facts showed that Trump was a victim of political weaponization.
DeSantis explained that upon assuming office, he would assemble a team tasked with reviewing potential cases for pardons. He made the remarks on the “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.”
The context for these remarks revolves around two federal criminal investigations targeting the former president. One investigation focuses on Trump’s handling of classified government materials, while the other delves into his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
During the interview, Travis asked DeSantis about the examination of cases involving individuals charged in relation to the January 6 events and whether DeSantis would consider pardoning Trump if he were charged with federal offenses. In response, DeSantis expressed his concern about the weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), citing examples such as investigations into parents attending school board meetings and the treatment of pro-life demonstrators.
DeSantis emphasized his intention to take immediate action upon assuming the presidency, assembling a team to scrutinize cases where individuals may have been victims of political targeting or weaponization. He stated his intention to be proactive in issuing pardons, unlike previous administrations that tend to wait until the end of their terms.
The Florida governor stressed the importance of ensuring evenhanded justice, particularly in cases where similar actions by different individuals resulted in disparate treatment. He highlighted the need to address instances where the government has been used against disfavored groups and promised relief on a case-by-case basis.
When directly asked about potentially pardoning Trump, DeSantis indicated that any instances of disfavored treatment based on politics or weaponization would be included in the review process, regardless of their scale or significance.