House Democrat Demands ‘Presidential Crimes Commission’ to Investigate Donald Trump
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) wants President Donald Trump to be prosecuted (when and if he leaves office) for corruption – particularly over his attempts to stimy mail-in voting – and is calling on the federal government to make it possible.
“I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission,” Swalwell tweeted Friday evening. “It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election. #SaveThePostOffice“
I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission. It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election. #SaveThePostOffice
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 14, 2020
Swalwell is the latest voice on the left pushing to hold Trump accountable for that which under any other administration would be a shopping list of malfeasance – from the firings of inspectors general and prosectors investigating his businesses – to sabotaging the United States Postal Service to prevent voters from safely casting ballots as the coronavirus pandemic rages.
Recall that Trump was impeached for multiple “high crimes and misdemeanors” – twice – but the Republican-led US Senate acquitted him, sight unseen, in February. That has undoubtedly been a call-to-arms for progressives.
Trump, his family, and his businesses are also facing a slew of criminal probes in New York.
Last week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed to not stand in the way of any potential criminal indictments of Trump, even though no American president has ever been charged with crimes committed while in office.
“I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue a prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law, but I think it depends on what happens,” Biden said in an August 6 interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
But Biden would not order the Justice Department to go after Trump either, because he believes it would be “not very… good for democracy to be talking about prosecuting former presidents,” the former vice president said. “In terms of saying, ‘I think the President violated the law. I think the President did this. Therefore go and prosecute,’ I will not do that.”
On Thursday, Biden was endorsed by the National Association of Letter Carriers, a union that represents hundreds of thousands of current and former USPS employees.
Biden is “a fierce ally and defender of the United States Postal Service (USPS), letter carriers, and our fellow postal brothers and sisters,” NACL President Fredric Rolando said in a statement on Thursday, noting Biden’s “steadfast support of us and his unwavering dedication to improving the lives of all working people throughout this great nation.”
Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris (CA), “has put letter carriers and working families first,” Rolando wrote. “In her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, she has stanchly defended maintaining a healthy, financially stable Postal Service and has consistently acted to ensure that those who are nominated to run the Postal Service are held to the highest standard.”
A Biden-Harris ticket has the “experience, dedication, thoughtfulness and steady hands that will work to ensure that letter carriers and working families are put first,” Rolando said.
The endorsement serves as a stinging rebuke of Trump’s ongoing efforts to sabotage the USPS‘s ability to process the millions of mail-in votes expected in November’s presidential election.
“The decision is also partly informed by what we have seen from the current administration with regards to the Postal Service,” wrote Rolando. “In 2018, legislative recommendations from the White House Postal Task Force report called for the revocation of collective bargaining rights by America’s postal unions, massive cuts to services, and the potential privatization of the agency. Since that time, we have continued to see the administration take steps outside of the public eye to undermine the Postal Service and letter carriers.”