And that is how they get away with it.
Courtesy of NBC News:
President-elect Joe Biden has privately told advisers that he doesn’t want his presidency to be consumed by investigations of his predecessor, according to five people familiar with the discussions, despite pressure from some Democrats who want inquiries into President Donald Trump, his policies and members of his administration.
Biden has raised concerns that investigations would further divide a country he is trying to unite and risk making every day of his presidency about Trump, said the sources, who spoke on background to offer details of private conversations.
They said he has specifically told advisers that he is wary of federal tax investigations of Trump or of challenging any orders Trump may issue granting immunity to members of his staff before he leaves office. One adviser said Biden has made it clear that he “just wants to move on.”
Another Biden adviser said, “He’s going to be more oriented toward fixing the problems and moving forward than prosecuting them.”
Any decisions by Biden’s Justice Department regarding Trump, his staff, his associates, his business or his policies wouldn’t affect investigations by state officials, including Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has fought to obtain Trump’s tax returns.
I am of two opinions on this.
On the one hand, I totally understand why Biden feels the need to focus on solving the huge problems that he will face after he is sworn in as President.
He also wants to try and heal the wounds that were created by Trump’s divisiveness and treating the man who won 73 million votes like a criminal is not going to make those voters want to support any agenda put forward by this incoming administration.
I get that, I do.
On the other hand, if there is never a consequence for criminal like behaviors committed by an administration, how can we ever expect to prevent future presidents from behaving in a similar fashion?
Barack Obama had the same attitude concerning the Bush war atrocities, and all that did was to embolden the next GOP regime to act even more unlawfully with no real fear of legal retribution.
If we are in fact a nation of laws then those laws must apply to everyone.
And if they do not, then who are we really?