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Opinion: Criminalizing Trump may undermine the Biden presidency

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Charlie Dent writes that in order for America to heal after Donald Trump's damaging presidency, Joe Buden's administration will have to resist the temptation and reject the politics of spite and retribution and not bring charges against Trump for his White House misconduct after he leaves.

No doubt Biden will hear demands from some elements of the Democratic base to "lock him up" and cries to unleash the full power of the US Department of Justice against his vanquished opponent, Donald Trump.

There have been reports that Biden has expressed reluctance in pursuing investigations of Trump, concerned it would further divide the country.

If the Biden Justice Department were to bring charges against Trump for conduct while in office after he leaves the White House, it would invite a severe backlash.

Trump and his supporters would cry "witch hunt," which may pressure Republican lawmakers to push back against Biden's forward-looking agenda on Covid-19, infrastructure and other important issues.

On the legitimate question of accountability, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of office and obstruction regarding his brazen attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens in exchange for the release of promised military aid.

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