Charlie Crist: No pardons for Capitol insurrectionists
The FBI and the New York City Police Department passed information to U.S. Capitol Police about the possibility of violence during the protests. Image via Reuters.
Since Wednesday, at least 90 people have been arrested for the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol that led to the death of five individuals.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is calling for no pardons, pushing against reports suggesting that President Donald Trump may be considering pardoning those arrested for the armed Capitol insurrection last Wednesday.

“As our nation continues to grapple with last week’s horrifying attack on democracy, one thing remains clear: the insurrectionists who committed this attack must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Crist said in a statement. “Those who committed acts of terrorism, which resulted in the deaths of two Capitol Police officers, must be held to account for their crimes.”

Since Wednesday, at least 90 people have been arrested for the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol that led to the death of five individuals, including a Capitol Police officer. Several Floridians have been among those arrested, including the man photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern, Adam Christian Johnson, who was arrested Saturday in Pinellas County.

In a tweet Monday, Crist said those arrested “need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Trump has come under fire for his role in the violent riot, and is now facing impeachment on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.” Crist signed on as one of the original co-sponsors on the newly drawn Articles of Impeachment.

Crist was the first to call for the use of the 25th amendment to remove Trump as the sitting President Wednesday afternoon in a tweet posted minutes after Trump released a video addressing the rioters in Washington. In the video, the President continued to make false claims about a fraudulent election and included a half-hearted call for the insurrectionists to go home. At the end of it he told the mob, “we love you” and called them “very special.”

The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a President if he is deemed unable to do his job, handing the role to the Vice President. In the following days, Crist wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence echoing his sentiments.

More Florida House members, including U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Val Demings followed, citing the 25th Amendment Wednesday night.

It’s unlikely Pence and the President’s Cabinet will invoke the 25th Amendment.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


  • Sonja Fitch

    January 11, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Press sedition charges against any Florida US house representatives! Yes you Rutherford! Rutherford you are compromised! Rutherford you believed and acted on the goptrump death cult lies about the election! Get out Rutherford!

  • Valerie Sprieser

    January 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Buttons Donaldson, Scott Franklin, Kat Commack, Rick Scott, Matt Gates, Neal Young, Katherine Commack, John Rutherford, Bill Posey, Daniel Webster, Scott Franklin, Greg Strive, Brian Mast, Beyond Donald, Mark dizzy apart, Carlos Jimenez!

    All these Florida representatives joined with the terrorist to call for the disenfranchisement of millions of Americans votes!
    They aided trump and his terrorists to overthrow democracy!

    These representatives should be stripped of their offices and never be able to run for another political office in this country!

    SHAMEFUL! 😠😡

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