Sen. Graham Warns Trump Against Pardoning Capitol Rioters

1/17/2021 8:55:00 PM

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ToplineSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cautioned President Donald Trump against pardoning the rioters who stormed the Capitol, arguing in a television interview Sunday that it would only further tarnish his reputation.WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference at the

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... [+]U.S. Capitol January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. Sen. Graham condemned the pro-Trump mob’s action of storming the Capitol the day before. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Getty ImagesKey FactsTo pardon the rioters “would be wrong,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, “I hope we don’t go down that road.” 

“I don’t care if you went there and spread flowers on the floor,” Graham said, blasting the rioters directly, “You breached the security of the Capitol, you interrupted a joint session of Congress, [and] you tried to intimidate us all.” “You should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Graham added.

Graham, who appeared todistancehimself from the president immediately after the riot, brushed aside criticism that Trump instigated the takeover, saying the mob “chose” themselves to “march into the Capitol.” “Trump never said, ‘Go into the Capitol and try and interrupt a joint session of Congress,” Graham argued. 

Further deflecting blame from Trump, Graham directed his ire at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying it was the Speaker’s “job to provide Capitol security,” even though the Capitol Police are overseen bythe Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate: “Where was Nancy Pelosi?” the senator asked, rhetorically. 

Pelosi did not immediately respond toForbes’ request for comment Sunday. Key BackgroundMultiple rioters who have been arrested and charged have begged Trump to pardon them. Jenna Ryan, a Texas real estate agent who took a private jet to attend the rally and was seen in photos and videos from inside the Capitol,

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Lmao! Check mate! Why would he pardon Antifa and BLM activist? How Naive is Lady G seriously? He’s gonna pardon up a storm in the next 2 days alone. bestadvisever Not to worry. Lindsey can argue either side of any argument by speaking out of either corner of his mouth. He could have been a start running back in the NFL. He can change direction in mid stride.

Totally insane. Sen. Graham should join in the call to have all the insurrectionists place on the TSA no-fly list; a lifetime membership on the list. Publicly telling his hero trump to do exactly that!!!! O TEMPO ACABOU 📢 O Messias está VINDO ❗ LiveSundayExpo Boy how they flip on you to save their pig faces

He is all over the map. He is covering all the bases. Sick man. Don't they need to be convicted before the pardon? So far they've been arrested and charged but didn't hear of conviction just yet Pardons for $1,000 ...... contact Sen Graham on this. LindseyGrahamSC is completely hedged.He has zero efficacy. ChristianRight betrayed POTUS. Revenge of JebBush coming soon. Never trust GOP, but please ExposeDNC still.

Lindsay has a blender instead of a brain. He is so *all over the place* that he has created a vortex in his skull sucking up excrement from his lower regions and spewing it out of his mouth. Seriously, can we get mental health screenings for some of these people? Please do not tell me he would actually do that? LindseyGrahamSC that would be a disgrace.

That's y I wouldn't have arrested anyone until after the 20th Just imagine. He wouldn’t do that. FAKE NEWS His warning: you better pardon me first! Ever notice how empty drums make big noises? Oh now he warns What does Trump have on Lindsey Graham?! Come on Lindsey CountryOverParty We wouldn’t be in this situation if you had done your job during the 1st Impeachment.

Why is it that all of Trumps friends and family members require pardons. That right there should tell you all you need to know about Donald Trump and the last four years of USA politics. Good, honest people don't need Presidential Pardons! Aaaaannny way the wiiiind bloooows... He can't pardon while under impeachment!!! It's in the constitution!!!

want logo for your business or branding order now!!on Fiverr No one in their right mind would pardon an Antifa.