Mitt Romney: It Was a Mistake for Biden Not to Pardon Trump

Though perhaps not for the reason you might think
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2024 12:30 AM CDT
Mitt Romney: Biden Should've Pardoned Trump
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney talks at the McCain Institute's Sedona Forum with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Sedona, Ariz., Friday, May 3, 2024.   (AP Photo/Jake Bacon)

Mitt Romney thinks President Biden should have pardoned Donald Trump—but not because the Republican senator from Utah has any particular love for Trump. "[Biden] should have fought like crazy to keep this prosecution from going forward. It was a win-win for Donald Trump," Romney said in an interview with MSNBC, noting the Trump supporters rallying to the former president's side and attacking the country's legal system. Plus, as Romney further explained, "Had I been President Biden, when the Justice Department brought on indictments, I would have immediately pardoned him. I'd have pardoned President Trump. Why? Well, because it makes me, President Biden, the big guy and the person I pardoned a little guy."

"And, number two," Romney continued, "it's not going to get resolved before the election. It's not going to have an impact before the election. And, frankly, the country doesn't want to have to go through prosecuting a former president." Biden would only have been able to issue pardons in the federal cases against Trump, but as for the hush money trial currently happening in New York, Romney says Biden "made an enormous error" in not pressuring state prosecutors to drop that case. More from the interview here. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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