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Democratic nominee Joe Biden is not interested in launching federal investigations into President Donald Trump once he leaves office because he believes it will be too divisive for the country, according to sources who have spoken to him about it, NBC News reported.
The outlet, quoting five people supposedly familiar with the discussions, said the former vice president is pushing back against vindictive Democrats who seek investigations into President Trump, his policy decisions, and some members of his administration.
It’s not clear what legal violations the president is alleged to have committed that would warrant investigations, presumably by a Biden Justice Department.
NBC News said that, according to its sources, Biden has said he believes ongoing investigations would serve mostly to further enrage and divide a country that is already bitterly tribal. Also, Biden reportedly does not want to make every day of his presidency about his predecessor, the network reported.
The sources said Biden has instructed his advisers specifically that he is concerned about investigating President Trump’s federal taxes or challenging orders Trump may still issue such as extending immunity to staff members as he leaves office.
One adviser told NBC News that the alleged president-elect has said clearly he “just wants to move on.”
“He’s going to be more oriented toward fixing the problems and moving forward than prosecuting them,” another adviser told the outlet.
Added NBC News: “Any decisions by Biden’s Justice Department regarding Trump, his staff, his associates, his business or his policies wouldn’t affect investigations by state officials, including Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has fought to obtain Trump’s tax returns.”
The advisers told the network that Biden wants a reset between the White House and the Justice Department after Trump allegedly corrupted the relationship, though conservatives might argue that Trump’s own Justice Department and FBI failed him by refusing to bring charges against Obama-era officials believed to have broken laws during the ‘Russiagate’ affair.
Sean Davis, The Federalist’s co-founder, tweeted Sunday that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who had been assigned by Attorney General William Barr to conduct an investigation into the origins of the Obama-era Russiagate probe, was giving up on it despite allegedly having ample evidence to file charges against several people.
Davis quoted an unnamed source who said Durham was concerned about getting “blowback” from a Biden administration.
“A source familiar with Durham’s ongoing investigation of the bogus Russian collusion operation tells @FDRLST: ‘Durham isn’t doing anything. Dropping his investigations. He’s worried about blowback from Biden. What an absolute disgrace,’” he wrote.
But he followed that tweet with another one contradicting the earlier source: “Another source familiar with Durham’s investigation rejected entirely the characterization that Durham is dropping his probe: ‘John Durham’s investigation remains at full-speed ahead.’”
Trump expressed disappointment ahead of the election that the Justice Department had not brought more charges against people suspected of having violated laws in launching the Russiagate probe.
As for Biden, another adviser told NBC News: “His overarching view is that we need to move the country forward. But the most important thing on this is that he will not interfere with his Justice Department and not politicize his Justice Department.”
A third adviser said that regarding Trump-related probes, the belief is that they’re “going to be very situational” and would be “depending on the merits.”
Generally, Biden will focus on the economy, COVID-19, climate change, and race relations rather than concentrating on President Trump’s administration.
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