Pardon me: Should Joe Biden pardon Donald Trump, and would he?

Michael Conway, former Democratic counsel to the US House Judiciary Committee investigating the Nixon impeachment, recently argued in favor of Joe Biden pardoning Donald Trump.

At the same time, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, says that Biden won’t be telling the Justice Department what to do, in terms of investigating Trump and his soon-to-be-former officials:

That’s good, right? Not so fast. Biden isn’t simply telegraphing that, unlike Trump, he won’t try to bend the Justice Department to his political will. According to one report, Biden is also sending the message that he doesn’t want DOJ investigating Trump at all.

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

Joe Biden has a lot of Barack Obama in him: A desire to bring folks together, while not being terribly vengeful. And those are admirable traits. But just because Donald Trump wanted to improperly prosecute his political opponents, doesn’t mean that Trump should be immune from prosecution for legitimate crimes….

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CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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