Biden Promises That, If Elected, He Will Not Pardon Donald Trump
Richard Nixon, following his resignation from the Presidency, was facing indictment for his role in the Watergate scandal. Soon after taking office, however, Gerald Ford granted the President a full and unconditional pardon.
Donald Trump has also used the pardoning power to bail out lawmakers convicted of crimes. Among them, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. The President shouldn’t count on a pardon if he’s convicted of a federal crime, though. 2020 opponent Joe Biden says that under no circumstance would he consider a pardon for Trump.
The former Vice President made the comments during an MSNBC Town Hall on Thursday night. He was asked by a voter if he would make a commitment to not pardon Trump.
“Absolutely yes, I commit,” Biden replied. “That will not happen, I guarantee you. It’s hands off completely.”
While Trump may face federal probes upon leaving office, he may also face charges in the state of New York. If New York is to charge him with a crime, he wouldn’t be eligible for a federal pardon.
New York’s Attorney General discussed the President and his dealings in the city in March of 2019. She promised, “I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn.”
James later said, “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family.”