James Comey says Biden should consider pardoning Trump

James Comey says Biden should consider pardoning Trump

Former
FBI
Director

James
Comey
Wednesday
said
he
thinks

President-elect
Joe
Biden
should
consider
pardoning

President
Trump for
allegedly
inciting
the
Capitol
riot
after
he
takes
office.

BBC
Newsnight’s
Emily
Maitlis
asked
Comey
if
he
thought
Biden
should
pardon
Trump
in
the
same
fashion
that
President
Gerald
Ford
did
his
predecessor,
Richard
Nixon,
after
he
resigned
over
the
Watergate
scandal
in
1974. 

“I
don’t
know,
he
should
at
least
consider
it,”
Comey
told
Maitlis.
“As
part
of
healing
the
country
and
getting
us
to
a
place
where
we
can
focus
on
things
that
are
going
to
matter
over
the
next
four
years,
I
think
Joe
Biden
is
going
to
have
to
at
least
think
about
that.”


JAMES
COMEY
ROASTED
AFTER
‘TODAY’
CONVERSATION:
‘THIS
IS
SAD
EVEN
FOR
NBC’ 

Comey,
whose
firing
in
the
first
year
of
Trump’s
presidency
lead
to
the
Mueller
investigation,
said
he
wasn’t
sure
Trump

who
he
called
in
the
interview
a
“lawless
nihilist”

would
accept
a
pardon
because
the
U.S.
Supreme
Court
has
said
it’s
an
admission
of
guilt.

The
former
FBI
leader
said
he
believes
Trump
“belongs
in
jail”
but
he
doesn’t
think
pursuing
his
guilt
is
in
the
best
interest
of
the
country.

“I
think
the
wiser
decision
would
be
not
to
pursue
him,”
but
he
said
whatever
decision
Biden
makes,
he
should
be
“transparent”
with
the
American
people.
 

Any
pardon
would
only
shield
the
president
from
potential
federal
charges,
not
state
investigations. 

The
BBC
interview
was
one
of
several
media
stops
to
promote
his
new
book “Saving
Justice:
Truth,
Transparency
and
Trust.” 


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On
Wednesday,
the
House
voted
232-197
to
impeach
the
president
for “incitement
of
insurrection”
after
a
mob
of
his
supporters stormed
the
Capitol on
Jan.
6
in
an
unsuccessful
attempt
to
stop
the
certification
of
Biden’s
electoral
college
win.

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