Joe Biden said on Wednesday that if becomes president he would not stand in the way of the Justice Department pursuing criminal charges against Donald Trump after he leaves the White House.
Biden made his comments during an interview at the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Joint Virtual Convention.
Biden says DOJ "is not the president's private law firm. The [AG] is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law," https://t.co/WDs0HAMh5w
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) August 6, 2020
Biden: ‘I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law’
“Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm,” Biden said. “The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer.”
“I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law,” the 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee said.
Biden continued, “It depends on what happens. I think it is a very, very unusual thing. And probably how can I say it? Not good for democracy to be talking about prosecuting former presidents.”
Biden on prosecuting Trump: Not 'Good for Democracy' to Talk About Prosecuting Former Presidents, But 'No One is Above the Law' pic.twitter.com/M1NA60IRWy
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) August 6, 2020
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Biden straddles the fence
The former vice president was asked what he meant by “what happens.”
Biden replied, “I don’t know what some of these cases going on in New York.”
“In terms of saying, ‘I think the president violated the law,” he continued. “I think the president did this, therefore, go on and prosecute him’ — I will not do that.”
“I don’t think anybody is above the law,” Biden added.
“If those things that are underway prove to be a criminal offense, then, in fact, that would be up to the attorney general to decide whether he or she wanted to proceed with it,” Biden finished. “I am not going to make that individual judgment.”
Opinion: If Biden wins, the post-Trump corruption purge will have to be epic https://t.co/Q6oVouJj8j
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 6, 2020
Washington Post columnist: ‘Post-Trump corruption purge will have to be epic’
On Wednesday, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent penned a column titled, “If Biden wins, the post-Trump corruption purge will have to be epic.”
“(A)n incoming Biden administration will also face another mission: undertaking a full accounting of the Trump administration’s corruption and the damage it has done to our government and institutions,” Sargent wrote.
He added, “That is, if the new administration chooses to accept that mission.”
Biden just told us that at the very least he won’t stand in the way.
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