(TargetLiberty.org) – GOP Senators have slammed the recent characterization of those people who were convicted of crimes relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack as “hostages” which has been introduced by former President Donald Trump. They have also opposed claims that the convicts needed to be pardoned.
Three years after a mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to block the Electoral College certification, Republican Senators who were present on the day of the violence have been opposing the characterization of the Jan. 6 convicts as “hostages” or political criminals.
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) who is the Republican Whip was asked whether he agreed with the characterization of the convicts as hostages, to which he replied that this was not a characterization he condoned at all. Thune pointed out that there was a justice system that was currently working through the cases, and that close to 900 people, out of which over 200 have pleaded guilty, have been convicted of crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack.
Senate Republican leadership team member Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), similarly stated that those who have been “duly convicted” of federal crimes were not “hostages.” He added that he was confident that all those convicted had received due process.
Cornyn, who had served as a Texas state Supreme Court Justice, stated that he believed in the criminal system and that people should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, he added that once a verdict was issued he accepted that judgment.
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