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Letting Donald Trump off the hook would be an act of banana republicanism

Jennifer Rubin


World Dispatch

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Former US president Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Harrison McClary

Former US president Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Harrison McClary

Former US president Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Harrison McClary

Nervous pundits warn that for the good of the US, the American justice department ought not to indict Donald Trump, since prosecuting a former president is the sort of thing “banana republics” do.

That’s wrong on two grounds. First, it is not up to attorney general Merrick Garland to decide what’s in the country’s long-term democratic interests. The decision to “spare the country” of the turmoil surrounding a past president’s criminal trial rests with the chief executive, as was the case with Richard Nixon under former US president Gerald Ford.


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