Giving the Game Away? Rachel Maddow Speculates About Biden’s DOJ Dropping Charges if Trump Agrees to Drop Out of Race

Former President Donald Trump has been indicted and faces dozens of years behind bars, but MSNBC host Rachel Maddow openly speculated that the Biden Justice Department might consider dropping charges if the leading GOP candidate agrees to drop out of the race.

Some would describe that line of thinking as ‘giving away the game.’

Trump was charged Thursday with willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, making false statements, and a conspiracy to obstruct justice, following an investigation into alleged improper handling of classified documents.

He has indicated he will plead not guilty to the charges after calling the indictment “election interference at the highest level.”

In an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, Maddow seemed to speculate along similar lines, suggesting the Justice Department might consider a deal that would involve Trump leaving the 2024 race for President.

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Rachel Maddow on Trump Indictment – Could DOJ Drop Charges If Trump Drops Out?

Rachel Maddow begins the segment by comparing the Trump indictment to that of Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, who was indicted for tax evasion and forced to resign prior to Watergate.

Agnew pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion.

“You have to wonder if the Justice Department is considering whether there is some political solution to this criminal problem,” Maddow said.

“Whether part of the issue here is not just that Trump has committed crimes, but that Trump has committed crimes and plans on being back in the White House. Do they consider, as part of a potential plea offer, something that would … proscribe him from running for office again?”

The very phrase ‘political solution to this criminal problem’ is all you need to know about how serious anybody is taking the charges against Trump.

He faces seven charges that carry a maximum 75-year prison sentence if convicted on all counts … but maybe they should consider letting bygones be bygones so long as he doesn’t run against our boss, the President of the United States.

What seemed like obvious election interference before would be even more blatant should such a deal come to fruition. What kind of sick banana republic are we living in right now?

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O’Donnell Worries Such a Deal Would Make it Seem Trump Was Right

For his part, O’Donnell didn’t exactly fight back against Rachel Maddow’s idea that the DOJ could drop the charges in exchange for Trump exiting the race.

There was no reprimand along the lines of, ‘No, Rachel, these are very serious crimes that can’t simply be washed away to the political benefit of our muse, President Biden.’

Instead, he suggested Trump’s team would have to present the option first so it didn’t look like the DOJ had political rewards on the mind.

“I would imagine if anything like that happened that it would have to come from the defense side of the negotiation,” O’Donnell concluded. “That the Trump team would say, ‘Oh, by the way, and with this, we will also, you know, drop out of the race for president.'”

“Otherwise, it would put the Justice Department in this position that Donald Trump claims they’re in,” O’Donnell said adding that the Republican candidate claims prosecutors are “simply trying to stop him from becoming president again, and that’s the only reason they’re doing this.”

They’re really not even trying to hide the fascism any longer, are they?

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • this whole mess is so sketchy. Biden needs to pardon Trump, but he won't. enough of this "obstruction" and "false statements" criminality. the DOJ refused to charge Hillary after she blatantly covered up her crimes by destroying evidence, Trump had the EXPECTATION that the DOJ would not indict him over just plain bureaucratic bullshit

  • How about this alternative: If President Biden pardons Former President Trump for all crimes before today, we will not put the entire Biden family in prison for the remainder of their lives? That's a really good deal, seeing as Trump has committed no crimes.

  • that's what it's all about , that Rachel Maddow guy , it's to force Trump out of the race

  • If the DOJ even entertained such a deal , the country would be storming DC, as the Nation and world would know, everything that has happened, every charge the Demonrats have levied against Trump ( or those associated with him );were all politically based and every Democrat run out of town after being Tarred and Feathered, for the worst ones they would be drawn and Quartered

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