“I mentioned to Mike, ‘When you do that, you may be Thomas Jefferson,’” Trump instructed the gang. “After which after all of it went down, I checked out him someday and I mentioned, ‘Mike, I hate to say this, however you’re no Thomas Jefferson.’”
It was Trump’s first speech since a sequence of riveting hearings by the Home choose committee investigating final yr’s rebel.
“From a prosecutor’s standpoint, let him hold speaking,” Conway instructed host Katie Phang on MSNBC. “He mainly remains to be admitting that he put strain on [former Vice President] Mike Pence to do something that was completely illegal.”
“Someone ought to inform him that he has the suitable to stay silent and something he says can and can be used in opposition to him in a court docket of legislation,” added Conway, husband of former Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
Trump additionally mentioned he would “very, very critically” think about granting pardons to defendants who stormed the Capitol if he’s reelected. That may very well be seen as an try at “witness tampering” if he had that energy now, mentioned Conway.
That’s what he “did a couple of years in the past … dangling pardons to folks,” Conway famous.
Trump additionally complained in his speech that these arrested after the rebel are “having their lives completely destroyed and being handled worse than terrorists and murderers.”
He referred to as the violence on the Capitol a “easy protest” that obtained out of hand, and falsely claimed that “most” rioters have been charged with nothing greater than “parading by the Capitol.”
Conway additionally mentioned Trump’s “willful blindness” concerning the illegality of scheming to overturn a reliable presidential election. “He understood, however he didn’t care,” mentioned Conway.
Take a look at the total interview right here: