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Opinion: Hold President Trump accountable for his misdeeds

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Joe Lockhart writes that the question of should Trump be subject to criminal or civil justice is more a political question than a legal one and lays out why investigating and, if warranted, prosecuting Trump after he leaves office could help rebuild the guardrails of Democracy.

(CNN)The election of Joe Biden as President of the United States, despite the specious claims of voter fraud from President Donald Trump, will not end the controversy over the Trump administration.

Holding President Trump accountable also may be the only way to hold our political parties accountable.

Lawyers are split on this issue --some, like Bob Bauer, President Barack Obama's General Counsel in the White House and top adviser to Joe Biden's campaign, argue not prosecuting weakens the rule of law and essentially gives the President a get-out-of-jail card.

President-elect Biden has reportedly signaled a reluctance to go after President Trump because he wants to seek unity and turn down the partisan political temperature to get things done.

The President-elect could discourage any investigation of Trump as a gesture of good faith to the Republicans on Capitol Hill and the more than 70 million Americans who voted for Trump.

There is no doubt the prosecution of President Trump will inflame the partisan divide that defined the 2020 election.

Time after time, most elected Republicans have turned a blind eye to Trump's transgressions as President.

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