WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden has privately told advisers that he does not want his presidency to be consumed by the scrutiny of his predecessor, despite pressure from five people familiar with his presidential contenders, President Donald Trump Want to inquire from. His policies and members of his administration.
Biden has expressed concerns that the investigation will further divide a country, which is trying to unite and risk every day of its presidency about Trump, sources said, who offered details of private conversations Spoken on the background to do. He said he has specifically told advisers that he is wary of Trump’s federal tax investigation or may offer immunity to members of his staff before Trump quits his office before challenging any order. One consultant said that Biden has made it clear that he “just wants to move forward.”
Another Biden consultant said, “He is going to be more oriented towards fixing problems and moving forward than prosecuting them.”
Investigations of any view of Trump, his employees, his colleagues, his business or his policies will not be influenced by state officials, including Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who fought to garner Trump’s tax returns.
As Biden attempted to balance his inclinations and pressures from within his party, his advisers insisted that he was trying to reset the dynamic between the White House and the Justice Department under Trump.
Biden wants his Justice Department to operate independently of the White House, the aide said, and Biden is not going to tell federal law enforcement officials what to investigate or what not to do.
“Their view is that we need to take the country forward,” said an advisor. “But the most important thing on this is that he will not interfere with his Justice Department and politicize his Justice Department.”
A third Biden adviser said that when it comes to any Trump-related investigation, the expectation is “it is very situational” and “based on merits.” Broadly, Biden’s priorities would be the economy, coronovirus, climate change and race relations, which were not looking back to the Trump administration, an adviser said.
The president generally sets the tone for what they believe should be the priorities for the Justice Department, and questions about Trump-related investigations or retrospective review are expected to intensify as Biden approaches office. Gone.
“He can set a tone for what he thinks should be done,” said a Biden consultant. But, the advisor said, “He is not going to be a president who directs the Department of Justice in one way or another.”
Biden’s team is reluctant to send any indication to Trump administration officials that the Justice Department will not pay attention to their actions, noting that there is still nine weeks until the inauguration, another person briefed about the discussions. “When they are not looking for comprehensive criminal prosecutions, they want to make sure that people don’t feel that there are none of the blame for any of their actions between now and the new president,” this person said .
Emphasizing an arm’s length approach to the Justice Department could give Biden cover from criticism from his supporters about Trump, his policies or the lack of any investigation into his staff. Democrats have sharply criticized Trump’s direct influence on the Justice Department’s investigation, including prosecuting Biden and former President Barack Obama on charges of unspecified crimes. Biden would have been welcomed by many of his supporters, as a bidder, not to interfere in the federal investigation.
But given the expected call for an investigation into an array of Trump-related issues, it will be difficult for Biden to address matters ranging from his administration’s child isolation policy to his taxes, potential disputes of interest and potential campaign finance law violations. Stay away from The issue could put Biden on the path of confrontation with some of his supporters, who are eager for the wholesale presidential exam.
“There is also a thoughtful school that considers the law of law,” a Biden consultant said, describing internal debate.
Biden stated several times during the campaign that he would drop any decision to prosecute Trump against his attorney general. During a debate in Atlanta, he said, “If it was decided that they had violated the law and they should actually be prosecuted, it should be so.” “But I will not direct it.” Biden has said that he will not forgive Trump which should become a realistic question.
Still, many aides said, Biden is generally unwilling to let his Justice Department investigate Trump.
One of the reasons he cited is that he believes the investigation will remove more than 73 million Americans who voted for Trump, people familiar with the discussions said. Some Democrats have said that Biden should prioritize the concerns of his supporters, not his opponents.
One adviser said that the delicate balance of responding to his own supporters and uniting the country is due to the fact that Biden acknowledged that his nomination for attorney general is “one of the most consequential decisions he’s going to make” Huh.”
Biden vowed to sign an executive order stating that no member of his administration was found to “initiate, encourage, obstruct or otherwise influence specific DOJ investigations or prosecutions for any reason” Will be removed
The dilemma facing Biden is similar to that of Obama when he took office in 2009. Democrats were seeking prosecutions against Bush administration officials who were involved in policies allowing terrorists to raise suspects, interrogate or torture them.
To appease those Democrats, Obama issued memos about the controversial program and then publicly stated that he did not support prosecuting Bush administration officials who formulated or carried out the policies. He also rejected the call of a 9/11-style commission or a Truth and Reconciliation Commission investigating apartheid in South Africa to review policies.