A truth commission? How insiders think a Biden administration would handle investigating and even prosecuting Trump

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Perhaps the most vexing question facing a Joe Biden presidency would be what to do about the last guy who had the job: Donald Trump.
The list is long of possibilities for what Trump could be in trouble for on the other end of his presidency, when he’d no longer enjoy the immunity from criminal prosecution that comes with occupying the White House.
“Even the fact you’re considering those questions is itself earth-shattering,” Norm Eisen, a former counsel for House Democrats during the Trump impeachment proceedings, said.
Many Democratic insiders and other law-enforcement experts said the best path would be to let the normal procedure play out, with FBI-led investigators providing evidence to the relevant US attorneys, who then would make their charging decisions alongside the top brass at the DOJ.
But the prospect of a Trump probe is so significant that a Biden administration may want to go outside the typical law-enforcement channels by appointing a new special counsel, impaneling a wider commission of outside legal experts, or even removing the federal government entirely from the picture in deference to state investigators. 
During an ABC News town hall on Thursday, Biden said he’d stay out of the decisionmaking when asked directly what he’d do about prosecuting Trump. “What the Biden Justice Department will do is let the Justice Department be the Department of Justice,” the Democratic nominee replied. “Let them make the judgments of who should be prosecuted.”  

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will have a very full plate should the 2020 election break his way. He’d have to come up with plans for reviving the US economy and keeping Americans safe from COVID-19 while also juggling pent-up demands to address everything from racial disparity to climate change.

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But perhaps the most vexing question that would face a Biden presidency is what to do about the last guy who had the job: Donald Trump.

Everything that has happened over the past five years of the Republican’s roller-coaster political career suggests he could end up as a defendant in any number of criminal cases brought by federal or state prosecutors once he no longer enjoys the immunity that comes from being president of the United States.

That alone is enough to cause heartburn among Democrats and longtime law-enforcement officials who said tough decisions would loom for both Biden and his Department of Justice as they considered the evidence, history, and political implications swirling around what would be an unprecedented criminal case guaranteed to blot out the sun for pretty much anything else the new president hopes to accomplish on his agenda.

“The worst thing the new administration could do is give the appearance it’s on some kind of witch hunt to go back in time and rereview everything that may have happened in the Trump administration,” said Greg Brower, a former George W. Bush-appointed federal prosecutor and top FBI liaison to Congress who has also served in the Nevada Senate. “It’s also equally bad for a new administration to just ignore …read more

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