In almost exactly 60 days, 78 year old Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States - and Donald Trump may not be at the inauguration ceremony.
The Boston Globe published two articles that hint at how Trump's term may end.
1) Apart from the tax fraud cases that New York is pursuing, Trump faces a number of other legal problems. As a candidate, Joe Biden was unequivocal: If elected president, he would not spur the Justice Department to investigate his predecessor.
“Contrary to Biden’s initial reaction, an investigation of Trump’s misdeeds is critically important to heal the country and to restore trust and confidence in the federal government,” says Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, which has challenged the Trump administration on such policies as 2020 Census restrictions, attacks on anti-discrimination protections, and forced family separations.
“Biden should not sweep injustice under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen,” he says. “We need an account of Trump’s wrongdoing to begin the process of rebuilding and repairing. An investigation would be an appropriate first step.”
From witness tampering to obstruction of justice to abuse of power, there would be much to investigate. Vice president-elect Kamala Harris certainly recognized this fact when she was running for the office Biden ultimately won. On an NPR podcast last year, Harris said if she was elected, her Justice Department would “have no choice” but to investigate the Trump administration.
Given how laden the Trump years have been with scandals and corruption, it’s been more of a crime scene than a presidency. To ignore all of that would be unconscionable, and Biden would risk alienating many of the 80 million voters who elected him — not to mention members of his own administration.
2) Trump could simply resign sometime before January 20, which would make Mike Pence president for a brief period of time. In that position, he could issue a pardon to Trump for at least some of his crimes, even though Trump could not escape the charges being brought at state level. Technically, this would make Pence the 46th president, and Biden would be the 47th.
I'll readily admit that Trump's resignation seems unlikely, but also consider the fact that the Trump presidency has veered into the truly bizarre.
A few days ago, Lindsay Graham tried to talk Georgia into literally tossing out legal votes.
Rudy Giuliani just held a sweat filled conference with three other crooks where he implicated Venezuela, George Soros, China, and several others in massive voter fraud.
Last week, Giuliani held a press conference at a landscape company next to an adult book store.
This week, Trump invited legislators from Michigan to the White House in an effort to have them retracting their vote certification of the election results that they made last week.
If Pence pardoned Trump, there would be howls of protest from an awful lot of people, and neither Trump or Pence would ever hold office again - but don't ignore that fact that it's a possibility.