Trump impeachment – Ex-FBI boss James Comey says Biden should consider pardoning President to ‘help heal the country’


JAMES Comey has suggested Joe Biden consider pardoning the President.

The former head of the FBI said that while he believes Mr Trump should be in prison, pursuing his guilt “is in the best interests of the American people”.

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Comey said Biden should ‘think about’ moving to Pardon trumpCredit: Reuters

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The President has been accused of ‘inciting violence’Credit: EPA

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Comey – who was fired by Trump – said he believes the President ‘belongs in jail’Credit: AP:Associated Press

Speaking on the UK’s BBC Newsnight, Mr Comey told host Emily Maitlis he wasn’t sure if the President would accept a pardon, however, as the US Supreme Court sees it as an “admission of guilt”.

He said: “I don’t know, [Biden] should at least consider [a pardon].

“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.”

A pardon would only shield Mr Trump from any potential federal charges – not state investigations. 

“Donald Trump belongs in jail.”

Ex-FBI Director @Comey says while he “obviously believes” the president should be in jail, he doesn’t think “pursuing that is in the best interests of the American people”, adding Joe Biden should “consider” pardoning Donald Trump#Newsnight pic.twitter.com/RUghKyq5nW

— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 13, 2021

Slamming the President as a “lawless nihilist,” he also added: “I think the wiser decision would be not to pursue him.”

But he also said Biden needs to be “transparent” with the American people when he assumes office on January 20.

The Dems historically moved to impeached for a second time yesterday, following accusations of “inciting violence” at last week’s Capitol riots, which saw five people killed.

Trump’s impeachment will now head to the Senate, where members of Congress will again vote on whether or Trump will be convicted on the charge.

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Mr Comey was sacked during Trump’s first term as President, after his work probing whether members of Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia.

The 59-year-old former lawyer replaced Robert Mueller after being nominated by then President Barack Obama but was dismissed in May 2017 by Donald Trump.

His firing led to the Mueller report.

 

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The former head of the FBI’s firing led to the Mueller reportCredit: AP:Associated Press


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