Mueller Prosecutor Calls on Biden’s Justice Department To Investigate Trump

With President-elect Joe Biden set to step into the White House on Jan. 20, 2021, some Democrats say the Department of Justice must launch an investigation of President Donald Trump after the inauguration. 

Andrew Weissman, one of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors, penned an op-ed published in The New York Times on Tuesday to address the question of whether Trump should be prosecuted once he leaves office.

He noted that an investigation or criminal prosecution of Trump would “further divide the country and stoke claims that the Justice Department was merely exacting revenge” and would be a “spectacle.”

Still, he said, “As painful and hard as it may be for the country, I believe the next attorney general should investigate Mr. Trump and, if warranted, prosecute him for potential federal crimes.”

He noted that the country has gone through two presidential election cycles where “large crowds” called for the “nominee of the opposing party” to be prosecuted.

“But that is not sufficient reason to let Mr. Trump off the hook,” he said, adding, “Mr. Trump’s criminal exposure is clear.” Specifically, he said the Mueller team “amassed ample evidence to support a charge that Mr. Trump obstructed justice. That view is widely shared.”

Mueller was appointed to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian operatives to steal the election. 

While the investigation did not find evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, it did lay out several instances the president may have obstructed justice. 

Weissman proceed to ask, “What precedent is set if obstructing such an investigation is allowed to go unpunished and undeterred?” 

And in his op-ed, Weissman laid out several examples of reportedly dangling pardons for his associates in a bid to “thwart witnesses from cooperating with our investigation.”

Additionally, Weissman suggested that Trump’s “criminal liability goes further, to actions before taking office.” He noted that New York state’s attorney general appears to be conducting a “classic white-collar investigation into tax and bank fraud.”

“These state matters may well reveal evidence warranting additional federal charges,” he suggested. 

Weissman also argued the details of possible obstruction by Trump are not “trivial” and “should not raise concerns that Mr. Trump is being singled out for something that would not be investigated or prosecuted if committed by anyone else.”

Finally, he claimed not prosecuting Trump for obstruction of justice would “be worse still.” 

He explained, “The precedent set for not deterring a president’s obstruction of a special counsel investigation would be too costly: It would make any future special counsel investigation toothless and set the presidency de facto above the law.”

Despite his belief that Trump should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, he suggested that the president may pardon his associates, his family, and may even try to pardon himself.

If Trump tries to self-pardon himself, Weissman said, “States like New York should take up the mantle to see that the rule of law is upheld.” He also noted that the incoming attorney general could challenge a self-pardon’s legality.

Biden has reportedly signaled that he does not want his administration to investigate Trump as he has cited fears that such investigations would further divide the country. 

However, Biden has previously vowed that he would not interfere with the Department of Justice’s decision on the matter of whether or not to investigate and potentially prosecute Trump. 

Responses

  1. “Hasn’t enough money been spent?” Sharal

    WTF do YOU care about money? If you REALLY cared about the federal budget, then you would fight to have the defence budget cut by at least half.

    “Let’s do the right thing, and lock that old orange fool up.” Delbert

    Not that I am a fan of King Donald The Loser, but I don’t think that will ever happen. First of all, Joke Biden will play along with Obama’s silliness of “looking forward, not back”. One CAN make the excuse of that sort of investigation being a big distraction at a time when serious issues need determined focus, but, in the end, this country seems O.K. with powerful people getting away with all kinds of things, including serious crimes. They (the popo, politicians, corporations, right-wing military gangs) get away with it all of the time.

    Now, what is more likely to happen is that some people in this administration may get investigated, and His Majesty has about 60 suits waiting for him as soon as he gets kicked out of his inner-city public housing, in January. You should watch for those cases, Delbert.

  2. Let’s do the right thing, and lock that old orange fool up. And by that, of course, I mean Donald J. Trump. And his poisonous children, too.

  3. Just remembering Mueller’s testimony of “I don’t recall “ and “repeat the question”.
    More investigation of what? Hasn’t enough money been spent? Biden and Hunter would be a no brainer. But that will have to wait for what looks like 4 years.

  4. What’s the point, Fatass will pardon himself and hundreds of his minions. But all you trumpers remember, he can’t pardon himself from any state charges New York may go after him for. Food for thought. Hay Obsidian, your threshold for civil war is very low. Much like your IQ I assume

  5. What a weasel! Slow Joe doesn’t want to initiate the investigation because it might further divide the country. After the stuff the democrats pulled to get Harris elected, the divide in this country is wider than the San Andreas fault! If he had any sense left, he’d already know that. But, Joe won’t interfere with his justice department if they want to launch one on their own? Well, once again it’s obvious that the legislature in this country is not going to be about doing the people’s business, it’s going to be all about vengeance. Lying liberal lawyers have a wealth of politicians they can investigate. The problem is that they are just like them, but they want to go after Trump because he called them out for being corrupt hypocrites. We went from a President who cares deeply about American and the American people, to a regime that is not only a bait and switch, but a bunch of people that could care less. All they want is power and money. America under this next regime will look and feel very different than the one given to us by President Trump.

    P.S. The vengeance isn’t going to begin and end with the president. They are going scorched earth after his supporters.

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