Biden has an obvious and easy answer to Republican calls that he stop Trump’s impeachment

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Senator Lindsey Graham has previewed the latest Republican effort to distract and deflect:  arguing that, in the name of “unity,” Joe Biden should convince Democrats to dismiss Trump’s impeachment trial.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is urging President-elect Joe Biden to convince congressional Democrats to drop plans to proceed to an impeachment trial against President Trump.

. . . . “It is now time for President-elect Biden to rise to the occasion and instruct his party to call off post-presidential impeachment proceedings,” Graham wrote in the tweets.

I know that the best argument is to forthrightly tell Republicans to stuff it and that Trump deserves this. But given Biden’s tendency to avoid directly engaging down in the dirt, he has an obvious — and correct – answer.

“Trump has been impeached.  So, what you are asking is for me to pardon Trump.  I am not allowed to do that.”

See Constitution, Art. II, Sec. 2, Cl. 1:

The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

I don’t write this as snark.  You will see growing calls for Biden to intervene, but what Republicans are effectively arguing is that instead of having Trump try to pardon himself, Joe Biden should do the job for him.

Biden should tell them:  “Sorry, Trump can’t pardon himself, and I can’t pardon him either.”

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Nicole
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Nicole

Facts! They love the constitution expect for when they don’t.

Indeoendent
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Indeoendent

Still a boot licker. susan collins said after the last impeachment that donnie had learned his lesson. susan is also a boot licker. The other Maine senator and both representatives support impeachment. susie like graham is still supporting donnie even tho she wants us to think different. This is how she behaved and voted for kavanaugh and our latest supreme court judge.. she and lindsay think we are not aware that they change with the weather. They are donnie loyalists and should nor be trusted .

Patriot Pete
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Patriot Pete

Hear Hear 10 votes on this comment

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Way to go, Joe. Trumps a big boy. Admittedly he should have known what would happen when he told a bunch of low IQ thugs that they should fight for him and their government. But Trump is mentally challenged so he might have been stupid enough to believe these clowns were just going to pop a top and have a barbecue. Idiot!

William H. Murphy
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William H. Murphy

No pardon! Trump caused a dangerous deadly riot after months of constant instigation and lies about the election. It wasn’t just one speech either. No pardons for his sidekicks either!