Former White House adviser John Dean has made a strong and compelling argument for why Donald Trump must be fully indicted.
John Dean Claims Trump Indictment
John Dean told CNN’s Jim Acosta:
Now, the first reaction to Trump — sorry, Gerald Ford pardoning Nixon affects Trump. The first reaction was that this was a healthy thing to do, that the nightmare would stop, that the problems plaguing the Ford administration at the time would stop, and that I would pardon Nixon.
After rethinking, Wave realized that this was probably a mistake. Nixon was not asked to explain. Even though he clearly obstructed justice, was part of a conspiracy and also pleaded guilty to perjury, he got a pass, an escape card from prison. And it has spilled over into subsequent presidents, and to this day raises the question of whether the president of the United States should be held to the same standard as everyone else. I think the consensus now is that they should be responsible. There’s been a lot of discussion and the partisans will stand up and bang the pots and pans, but even so, in the end we need to get to the bottom of this. There is, and it is a good trial.
Like many Republicans, some of my friends, Republican friends, are pulling back now. They initially thought trying to catch him was going too far. This was not inspired by some kind of thought. This they were faced with a box of classified documents. There was no question that anyone else in the government would be prosecuted for this type of serious abuse. So I think this has to go a long way. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t. If so, I think it would really hurt the presidency of America — otherwise.
For the country, Trump must be fully prosecuted
Dean makes a compelling argument that indicting Trump is not about partisan politics, but to protect democratic institutions and the rule of law.
Defenders of Donald Trump want to keep the discussion in the realm of partisan politics.
The question of whether to indict Donald Trump has risen beyond politics and is now a question of whether the United States is willing to do what it takes to protect and preserve our democratic institutions.
Mr. Easley is Editor-in-Chief. He is also a White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy with a specialization in the social reform movement.
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