Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: ‘Biggest punishment’ for Trump after Capitol uprising is to ‘move past’ his presidency Comey claims he should not be prosecuted after leaving the oval office Trump’s voters and progressives have much in common – and The bite can unite them MORE President-elect Biden suggested considering forgiving President Trump if he faces prosecution after leaving office.
“I do not know, he should at least consider it,” Comey said in an interview with BBC Newsnight. “Donald Trump, he is not a genius, but he can find out that if he accepts a pardon, it is a waiver of guilt, the United States Supreme Court has said, so I do not know he would accept a pardon.”
Comey said a potential pardon from Biden would help “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 BidenJoe BidenCotton: Senate lacks authority to sue when Trump leaves office Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will introduce indictments against Biden ICE chief executive resigns weeks after taking office MORE will at least have to consider it, ”he added.
“Donald Trump belongs in jail.”
Ex-FBI Director @Comey says that although he “openly believes” that the president should be in jail, he does not believe that “pursuing it is in the best interests of the American people” and adds that Joe Biden should “consider” to pardon Donald Trump # Newsnight pic.twitter.com/RUghKyq5nW
– BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 13, 2021
Legal experts have said it could be difficult to charge Trump with a crime related to last week’s deadly uprising at the Capitol by his supporters that led to the president’s second indictment on Wednesday. But the president and his firm could be investigated for possible economic crimes in the southern district of New York, they noted.
Earlier this week, Comey, who Trump fired, said it would be the “biggest punishment he could imagine” for politicians and the media to ignore Trump after he left office.
Trump belongs in jail, Comey told the BBC, but he believes the prosecution of a former president is not “in the interest of the entire nation.”
“I think the wiser decision would not be to pursue him,” he added. “But no matter what you do, the next president, Joe Biden, should explain it to the American people. Be transparent about why you do what you do.”
Trump has repeatedly attacked Comey and other former intelligence officials and former law enforcement officials during his four years in office, claiming they were part of a so-called deep state that sought to undermine his 2016 presidential campaign and eventually triggered Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Mueller Why is a special lawyer guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr bank lawyer investigating Russia’s probe origins as special advisers special examination.
Comey has in recent weeks criticized Trump for giving unproven theories about election fraud and lying that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.
“You can’t shout at people to convince them that they have been deceived. One of the hardest things in the world is for a victim of fraud, for lies, to admit that they were fooled,” Comey said this week during an interview with NBC’s “Today.” “I worked in criminal cases where the victims of a scam would come to support the swindler after he had pleaded guilty. It’s not about shouting at them. It’s about luring them and encouraging them to let them out. the fog of lies. ”