President Biden laughed and waved off a reporter Monday when asked whether he would consider a pardon for ex-President Donald Trump, who is under federal probes amid ongoing legal trouble.
The question from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy comes after GOP candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently said he would mull over pardoning Trump if elected to the White House.
“Where are you on the idea of a president pardoning Trump?” Doocy shouted at Biden before he took off on Marine One for Delaware.
Biden cracked a smile and waved the question off, before replying, “I’ll see you guys” and calling it “a great question.”
A federal special counsel investigation is looking into both Trump’s alleged role in inciting the Capitol riot in 2021 and his stashing of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
DeSantis, Trump’s biggest 2024 rival for the GOP nomination, vowed to consider granting Trump – along with defendants of the Jan. 6 riot – a pardon if the 76-year-old is convicted of a federal crime.
During an interview this week on the “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” DeSantis indicated that he was willing to pardon Trump if the facts of the case showed that he was the victim of political weaponization.
“Do you think the January 6 defendants deserve to have their cases examined by a Republican president?” Travis asked.
“And if Trump, let’s say, gets charged with federal offenses and you are the President of the United States, would you look at potentially pardoning Trump himself based on the evidence that might emerge of those charges?”
“The DOJ and FBI have been weaponized. We see that. We see it in a variety of contexts, some of which you mentioned,” DeSantis said.
“Some of it is the FBI going after parents going to school board meeting. Some of it’s how they treat a pro-life demonstrator, how they don’t go after people that are attacking pro-lifers. And so what I’m going to do is — I’m going to do on day one — I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases, who are people who are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we will be aggressive at issuing pardons. Now, some of these cases, some people may have a technical violation of the law.”
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