Former vice president Joe Biden has signaled that the Democrats’ relentless pursuit of a crime to nail President Donald Trump and his associates would continue if he wins the November election.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was ruminating with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell at a virtual town hall last Thursday about the exciting possibility that ongoing investigations of Trump may turn up criminal activity.
Biden vowed not to use his executive power to pardon the president, which must have sent a thrill up O’Donnell’s leg. He also said he would not interfere in any investigations brought against the president or members of his administration.
Typically one would have to be charged with a crime first before a pardon would even be under consideration, but in Resistance World the president has already been declared a convict.
“Would you be willing to commit to not ‘pulling a President Ford’ and giving Donald Trump a pardon under the pretense of healing the nation?” a voter asked. “In other words, are you willing to commit to the American ideal that no one is above the law?”
Former President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon in 1974 to help the nation heal following the Watergate scandal.
“Absolutely, yes. I commit,” said Biden.
“It’s hands-off completely,” he reiterated. “Look, the attorney general of the United States is not the president’s lawyer. It’s the people’s lawyer.”
The House Judiciary Committee has been pursuing the Department of Justice in court for redacted grand-jury material from the trainwreck probe of former special counsel Robert Mueller that examined the Trump campaign for fictitious “collusion with Russia.”
The committee was hoping to dig through documents that prosecutors collected from witnesses about the president, even though Mueller cleared Trump of any wrongdoing.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a former lead prosecutor on Mueller’s team, Andrew Weissmann, is headlining a fundraiser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign next month.
Democrats already launched impeachment proceedings with two baseless articles against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but he was acquitted of both in February.
One impeachment has not dampened the fervor of Democrats to achieve their ultimate goal of sending Trump off to prison. They are now actively laying the groundwork for another impeachment.
House Democrats told the Supreme Court Monday that there is an“ongoing presidential impeachment investigation,” but the court temporarily shut down their quest on Wednesday, blocking the release of the material. Instead the justices asked for briefs by June 1, suggesting they will decide before this term ends whether to take up the case.
Democrats are squealing now that they are also entangled in multiple investigations launched by Republicans. They have unearthed damning details regarding the Obama administration’s abuse of power during the Russia probe.
The confirmation of Republican Texas Rep. John Radcliffe as director of national intelligence on Thursday is making them even more nervous.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) launched into an attack on the Senate floor Thursday, accusing Republicans of going on a “wild goose chase.”
Schumer said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “wants to issue a bonanza of subpoenas about yet another conspiracy theory related to the 2016 election in the hopes of diving down as many rabbit holes as can be found.”
“The Republican majority is busy following bread crumbs left by Putin and his intelligence services. What a disgrace. What a sham, and what a dereliction of duties,” Schumer ranted.
As both chambers of Congress square off with simultaneous investigations it will be a rough-and tumble ride until the November presidential election.