Democrat Rep Calls for Trump to Be Tried for 'Crimes Against the United States'
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr (D-NJ) issues statement with demands for charges
A Democrat congressman is calling for President Donald Trump to be tried for "crimes against the United States" as soon as he "leaves office."
Anti-Trump Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) is demanding that the president and members of his administration are investigated and prosecuted by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Although the election has yet to be concluded, Pascrell thinks the DOJ should initiate their investigation as soon as "President-elect Joe Biden" is "inaugurated."
Tonight I’m calling for the eventual prosecution of donald trump and his enablers for their many crimes against the United States. pic.twitter.com/LJGvzLqQ35— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) November 18, 2020
The recently re-elected congressman released a statement late Tuesday.
In it, Pascrell lists a litany of fabricated examples he believes show that Trump and his administration have “committed innumerable crimes against the United States.”
"He has endangered our national security," Pascrell's statement reads.
"He ripped families apart. He poisoned the Census.
"He has personally profited from his office," wrote Pascrell.
"He has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy.
"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 also said that any attempt by Trump to use the president’s pardoning powers to aide his staff would be an “obstruction of justice” and the question surrounding his ability to self-pardon would be “illegal.”
The New Jersey congressman has yet to confirm whether or not other members of Congress have said they support his measure.
However, Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) condemned the move Thursday, calling it “disgusting.”
“This is now the Left’s goal - throw President Trump, his administration officials, his family and his supporters in prison,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter.
“This is where we are now. Disgusting.”
This is now the Left’s goal - throw President Trump, his administration officials, his family and his supporters in prison.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 18, 2020
This is where we are now. Disgusting. https://t.co/ryYHTjoBdr
Pascrell, like Trump, has relied heavily on Twitter to attack his opponents.
The New Jersey Democrat called Trump a “crybaby” in a Thursday tweet to condemn the president’s recent actions involving vote verification in Michigan.
Crybaby trump is calling local officials demanding they overturn an election he lost badly and throw out ballots because they voted against him. He will leaving office by January 20. https://t.co/jHFDkDEHu9— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) November 19, 2020
The New Jersey congressman, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and has led the effort to obtain Trump’s tax returns, said the failure to investigate the president and his administration “further emboldens criminality by our national leaders and continues America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism.”
“There must be accountability,” he added.