A simple answer for those who think investigations and prosecutions shouldn’t be done:

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There’s some debate swirling about as to whether the Biden Administration should or should not investigate and prosecute members of the Trump Administration for the laundry list of crimes it participated in.  In considering whether or not its worth the time, distraction, and antagonism such investigations/trials will require, we need to keep the following points in mind:

  • Because Ford pardoned Nixon and there was no lasting response by Congress, electoral shenanigans by major party campaigns were normalized and became expected.
  • Because Reagan wasn’t impeached, prosecuted or even meaningfully sanctioned for Iran-Contra and his Administration’s poorly-executed antics in Central America, White House-authorized shenanigans overseas were normalized and became expected (even if they were expressly forbidden by Congress).
  • Because Bush43 wasn’t impeached, prosecuted, meaningfully sanctioned, or even subject to Congressional Censure for either of the quagmires he created in Afghanistan or Iraq, never mind his terrible lack of leadership in 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, Presidential overreach and mismanagement in national security became normalized and even expected.

If the Trump Administration is not prosecuted or sanctioned, Executive Branch self-dealing, grifting as policy, and outright treason to the country will become normalized and even expected.

At that point, its anything goes, and we’ll have finished our transformation to a failed state.

Forget whether Trump himself stands trial or not; the guy likely would perjure himself like made on the stand anyway.  What his Administration as a whole did was criminal in so many ways it demands a clear response.  Forget Trump himself; go after Bannon, Miller, Stone, Cohen,  and the rest, but these investigations and prosecutions must happen!

History demonstrates the alternative to investigations is to make what Trump did as acceptable, and that merely guarantees worse to come.

Its really is that simple.

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Abbath
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Abbath

No, we can NOT forget trump himself… he’s the LEADER and everyone who followed need to pay AS WELL.

Marie Tobias
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A nonpartisan watchdog for illegal activity should go after everyone in the Trump orbit starting with monied interests… go after the political leaders that made this mess happen. Go after criminals, all of them… and do it transparently, and do it in a way that has NOTHING to do with the administration of Government. Root out corruption on all sides. Everywhere. made D.C. as clean as a hound’s tooth. And put the fear of Gawd into the hearts of rats in D.C. Donald made it fashionable to cheat and steal within his party, we have 4 long years of every… Read more »
Oh Happy Day
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Oh Happy Day

Marie,nonpartisan doesn’t exsist anymore. So because not one Republican wanted witness makes it a partisan impeachment. No mame. It means nonpartisanship is dead. The system was broke and down on its knees before The Orange turd came along. After the trump Administration the only way to fix broken system is to show what Happens when one abuses the office of President. In closing, I’ll leave you with a quote from a highly regarded Republican. So it’s your belief that after The Dumpster leaves office you believe he can be convicted of a crime????”yes”
Robert Muller.

Marie Tobias
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The Lincoln Project has a house full of Republicans who put nation before party… Trump purged 35% of the Republican Party who simply refused to have anything to do with the Party of Trump.

Nonpartisan means, putting the law before anything else period. We have men and women in law enforcement who focus their vision to a laser beam of ethical intent… and politics must have nothing to do with it.

That said, the people who all put party before Nation, before Law, before the Constitution, and before Human Rights need to answer with huge chunks of their collective asses.

I Don't Really Like Trump
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I Don't Really Like Trump
I have been saying this exact thing for a very long time, and for the exact same reasons. Nixon’s pardon didn’t “heal the country”, it infected America with an insidious, horrifying cancer that’s only gotten worse and worse since then. If transparency and accountability aren’t foundational to a just rule of law, then the rule of law becomes merely a way to keep the rabble in line and a way to protect the most disgusting perpetrators of evil, treasonous crimes against humanity, against America & democracy, against a legitimate economic system, against all of us that are not the top… Read more »
Oh Happy Day
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Oh Happy Day

President Biden should have nothing to do with prosecuting criminals, that’s what the Justice Dept is for. I personally wanted Biden to pick Kamala Harris as his Attorney General. That would drive the Dumpster batshit crazy. But who ever is Attorney General has an oath to Pursue Crimes where ever the evidence Leeds. Also same oath says you must follow crimes you are aware of regardless of who commits said crime. So Attorney General has no choice. Can’t look the other way. Oh Happy Day!!!

Allan
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Allan

Or another analogy :
You either have a ‘clean drug free Olympics’ (with strict testing)
Or..
allow all the drugs you want to win at any cost (no scrutiny).

Trump’s last election effort would make Pablo Escobar’s drug empire look like a girl-guide’s lemonade stand !

Oh Happy Day
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Oh Happy Day

Let’s not forget about the 37 pages from the muller report. Should be Attorney General 1st order of business. That warren Report type stuff a non Starter. I have waited three years for those 37 pages. Show me the 37 pages missing from trumps indictment. Now!!!!????????????????

Chris Whitley
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Trump and company committed crimes from before the election till now and probably still committing crime. We need to prosecute people for these crimes and change rules that allowed it to happen. Trump showed us that in vivid detail when after AGBarr read that fairytale on the Mueller report, we have trump the very next day committing treason. WTF.

Hölle U.
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Hölle U.

Every single one of them needs to get time. Donald can skip out on federal prison because New York is dying for a chance to toss his ass into Sing-Sing or Rikers and there is a good chance he’d be shanked in 0-60 there so more power to them

Patriot Pete
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Patriot Pete

Ya gotta go for gold, Trump’s fav color. Get Big Daddy, the kids, all admin and appointments, all in congress who abetted, sham impeachment trial by senate. Just find a way to invalidate the last four years and then everything Trump did is also invalidated, like stacking the judicial system. Lock ‘em all up.

Patriot Pete
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Patriot Pete

Obstructionist like Moscow/Mecow Mitch and hypocritics like Leningrad Lindsey should be thrown out of Congress for dereliction of duty. You can’t come to a compromise and always put Country first and foremost then you don’t belong in any public office, not even dog catcher.