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Rep. Bill Pascrell. Jr. (Photo: Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office).

Pascrell urges prosecutions for Trump, staff

By Nikita Biryukov, November 18 2020 9:00 am

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) urged for President Donald Trump and members of his White House to face criminal probes for alleged wrongdoing while in office Tuesday.

“In 2021 the entire Trump administration must be fully investigated by the Department of Justice and any other relevant offices. Donald Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution. Importantly, any further abuse of the sacred pardon power to shield criminals would itself be obstruction of justice, and any self-pardons would be illegal.”

Trump has faced numerous investigations during his single presidential term, many of which remain active. Some of them claim direct wrongdoing on the president’s part.

He was impeached for withholding congressionally-approved aid while allegedly attempting to coerce Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into digging up dirt on President-elect Joe Biden and alleged obstruction of Congress.

“He has endangered our national security. He ripped families apart. He poisoned the Census. He has personally profited from his office,” Pascrell said. “He has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy.” He was rightly impeached by the House of Representatives. He has engaged in treachery, in treason. He has all but given up on governing and protecting our nation and if he had a shred of dignity he would resign today.”

The congressman, a North Jersey progressive, said the absence of criminal charges against Trump would embolden future malfeasance.

“Failure to hold financial and political wrongdoing accountable in the past has invited greater malfeasance by bad actors. A repeat of those failures in 2021 further emboldens criminality by our national leaders and continues America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism. There must be accountability.”

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