Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. is calling for a widespread probe into President Donald Trump and members of his administration for allegedly committing crimes while in office when a new Congressional term begins.
Citing an “unprecedented litany of misdeeds [that] must not be swept under the rug,” Pascrell released a statement calling for the prosecution of Trump and his administration, whom the Democratic congressman accused of committing “innumerable crimes” against the United States.
One of the president’s most vocal critics, Pascrell pledged in 2021 a full investigation of the Trump Administration “by the Department of Justice and any other relevant offices” and demanded they be held accountable for financial and political wrongdoing.
National Security Issue
A failure to do so would “further embolden criminality by our national leaders” and continue “America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism,” said the Democratic congressman.
“Donald Trump has endangered our national security. He ripped families apart. He poisoned the Census. He has personally profited from his office. He has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy,” Pascrell said.
Throughout the course of his presidency, President Trump has faced several investigations, some of which claim wrongdoing on his part.
Trump Should Resign
In 2019, President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction, though he was later acquitted by the Republican majority in the Senate. The impeachment came after a formal inquiry into whether the President had solicited foreign interference to help his re-election in 2020.
“He was rightly impeached by the House of Representatives. He has engaged in treachery, in treason. He has all but given up on governing and protecting our nation and if he had a shred of dignity he would resign today,” Pascrell added.
Pascrell is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, a body that has been attempting to look into President Trump’s finances for the last two years. The President’s personal and business finances are the subject of probes by the New York attorney general and Manhattan district attorney.
“Tried For Their Crimes“
Earlier this month, Pascrell requested the independent United States Special Counsel to investigate if Trump’s re-election team illegally used the White House to conduct campaign business.
Several members of his administration have been accused of violating the Hatch Act, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Trump’s daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump.
Since taking office four years ago, a handful of members from Trump’s campaign team have pleaded guilty to or been convicted of felonies.
“Donald Trump, along with his worst enablers, must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution,” Pascrell said. “Importantly, any further abuse of the sacred pardon power to shield criminals would itself be obstruction of justice and any self-pardons would be illegal.”
Pascrell’s call for action was criticized by Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. In a tweet on Nov. 17, Gaetz said: “This is now the Left’s goal – throw President Trump, his administration officials, his family and his supporters in prison. This is where we are now. Disgusting.”
Despite pressure from Democrats who want to launch inquiries into Trump, his policies and members of his administration, President-elect Joe Biden believes investigations would further divide the country.
However, Biden plans to leave decisions up to the Justice Department, which he has stated will function independently from his administration.