Fox News Host Calls For Biden To Pardon Trump In Exchange For Never Running Again

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Joe Biden is being urged by Geraldo Rivera to pardon Donald Trump “the way Ford pardoned Nixon,” but with one important caveat: Trump must pledge to “no longer seek the presidency.”

On Tuesday, Geraldo tweeted, “Biden pardoning Trump-the way Ford pardoned Nixon- IS a good idea. This clemency to include inciting the violence of January 6th, the Mar-a-Lago documents case & any other federal allegation. Clemency would require a pledge by Trump that he will no longer seek the presidency.”

In November of last year, soon after Trump declared he would run for president in 2024, Geraldo made the initial “for the good of the nation” suggestion. Since then, Geraldo has changed his pardon idea by suggesting barring Trump from seeking the presidency once more.

Despite the fact that Trump himself has not replied, Geraldo received a lot of mockery on Twitter for his suggestion.

One person who was obviously being sarcastic responded “I think attacking and jailing political opponents is the way to go. We can’t allow our political enemies to gain more seats in government.”

Trump’s numerous legal issues, which are all being pushed by Democrats, who say he was responsible for the violence at the Capitol on January 6, the confidential papers at Mar-a-Lago, and his alleged payment to Stormy Daniels, might all be resolved with a pardon. A $5 million judgment for damages was recently awarded after the former president was found responsible for sexual abuse and defamation of columnist E. Jean Carroll. Following Trump’s characterization of Carroll as a “whack job” during the CNN Town Hall, Carroll has filed further charges for an additional $10 million in damages.

Asa Hutchinson (R), a long shot for president, provided the following response to the pardon query:

“First of all, a presidential pardon would not cover state crimes … I’ve always said that Trump’s future should be decided at the ballot box and not in the courtroom.”

There’s the theory that Trump if elected again, might just pardon himself.

Ty Cobb, a former attorney for Donald Trump, revealed to CNN’s Erin Burnett last week, “He doesn’t have the power to pardon himself until he’s actually inaugurated. So, if there’s a verdict, say, before the election in November, sentencing could easily occur in advance of him taking office.”

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland was contacted by lawyers for Trump, who claim he is being treated unfairly.

Garland received a letter from Trump’s attorneys. It reads:

“We represent Donald J. Trump, the 45′ President of the United States, in the investigation currently being conducted by the Special Counsel’s Office. Unlike President Biden, his son Hunter, and the Biden family, President Trump is being treated unfairly. No President of the United States has ever, in the history of our country, been baselessly investigated in such an outrageous and unlawful fashion. We request a meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss the ongoing injustice that is being perpetrated by your Special Counsel and his prosecutors.”

According to a person familiar with the investigation, the letter comes as Special Counsel Jack Smith has been attempting to conclude his investigation into the Trump classified materials issue over the previous few weeks.

It’s unclear when Smith will reveal the findings of the inquiry or whether he intends to charge Trump.

After the FBI conducted a search at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on August 8, 2022, looking for missing sensitive materials, Garland named Smith as special counsel in November 2022.

“Several former FBI agents, prosecutors, and CIA officials have reacted with shock to reports the federal bureau was “afraid” to investigate Donald Trump’s handling of classified materials,” Newsweek reported in March.

According to a report by The Washington Post, the FBI was hesitant to raid the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022 to recover long-sought-after sensitive materials and instead wanted Trump to voluntarily hand them over.

The report, citing unnamed sources, said that some FBI agents in the Washington field office wanted to close the classified material investigation in June 2022 following an assurance from Trump’s legal team that all documents that needed to be handed to the National Archives and Records Administration in January 2021 had been returned.

Republicans have long raised concerns about the “weaponization” of the federal government under the Biden administration and have created a special panel to look into such issues. The latest report, critics say, suggests the opposite is true: that Trump’s attacks had “chilled” attempts to investigate him.

Senior FBI officials reportedly preferred to obtain Trump’s permission to search his property rather than conduct a raid out of worry that it would be perceived as being overly aggressive.

The perception of investigators searching a former president’s home while wearing “FBI” jacket insignia is reported to have alarmed Steven M. D’Antuono, who was then in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office.

According to The Post, several FBI agents were reluctant to raid Mar-a-Lago because they were “simply afraid” of the consequences and how it may damage their careers.

It was reportedly referred to as “the hangover of Crossfire Hurricane” by one official, alluding to the FBI investigation into the disproved claims that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the 2016 election.


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