The Perils of Not Prosecuting Trump


As he prepares for his presidency, one of the biggest dilemmas Joe Biden faces is what to do with the seated commander in chief. Donald Trump’s refusal to admit and his triggering of an attempted coup are only his recent crimes against American democracy. As President, Trump cannot be charged with any crime. But after January 20, when Biden takes over the presidency, Trump’s protected status will end and he will be nothing more or less than an ordinary citizen.

As such, Trump will be vulnerable to prosecution. There are already a number of criminal offenses that he can plausibly be accused of. Trump’s impeachment clearly showed that he was using the office of president for corrupt purposes. The Müller report and Trump’s own words documented a clear obstruction of the judiciary on many occasions. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen was convicted and jailed for using campaign funds to buy the silence from actress Stephanie Clifford (who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels) over her sexual association with Trump. As a private citizen, Trump can be charged for his own role in this matter.

The New York Times has documented that the Trump organization has dealt with creative accounting that may be beyond the law. Like the newspaper reported On Thursday: “Two separate New York State fraud investigations into President Trump and his companies, one criminal and one civil, have been expanded to include millions in tax write-offs on advisory fees, some of which appear to have gone to Ivanka Trump, according to People Knowing. “

Beyond these cases, there are numerous acts Trump has committed as president, such as his deals with the Saudi government, that have not been adequately investigated because Trump was able to block congressional oversight. Trump’s ability to hold off control by Congress also ends with his presidency, and an avalanche of revelations of wrongdoing can be expected.

But will Congress Democrats have the courage to investigate Trump? Will the incoming Biden administration let go of the Justice Department to target Trump? There is reason to believe that this will not happen. On Tuesday NBC News reported“President-elect Joe Biden privately told the advisors that he doesn’t want to his presidency his consumed through investigations of him predecessorAccording to five people familiar with the discussions, despite pressure from some Democrats who want investigation into President Donald Trump, his policies and members of his administration. The report added, “Biden has raised concerns that the investigation would further divide a country he is trying to unite and risk talking about Trump every day of his presidency.”



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