Forgiveness: Ought to Joe Biden forgive Donald Trump, and would he?

Michael Conway, former Democratic attorney on the U.S. Justice Committee investigating the Nixon impeachment, recently called for Joe Biden to pardon Donald Trump.

At the same time, Biden’s new chief of staff Ron Klain says Biden won’t tell the Justice Department what to do to investigate Trump and his soon-to-be ex-officials:

This is good right? Not so fast. Biden does not simply telegraph that, unlike Trump, he will not try to submit the Justice Department to his political will. According to a report, Biden also sends the message that the DOJ should not investigate Trump at all.

I worry that even if Biden doesn’t directly order his DOJ to give Trump a passport, the message has already been sent: Investigations into Trump and his cronies are a distraction the boss doesn’t want.

Joe Biden has a lot of Barack Obama in him: the desire to bring people together without being terribly vengeful. And these are admirable qualities. But just because Donald Trump wanted inappropriately to persecute his political opponents doesn’t mean Trump should be immune from prosecution of legitimate crimes.

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John Aravosis
CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He holds a degree in Joint Law (JD) and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown. and has served in the U.S. Senate, World Bank, Children’s Defense Fund, United Nations Development Program, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent television expert who has appeared on O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy, and Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. John’s article archive.

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