In a comprehensive interactive graphic aimed at “future-proofing” the presidency from “the next American tyrant,” The Boston Globe
editorial board made the case for Donald Trump
’s criminal prosecution.
The newspaper’s board wrote in a piece published this week that there is “only one way left to restore deterrence and convey to future presidents that the rule of law
applies to them: the Justice Department
must abandon two centuries of tradition by indicting and prosecuting Donald Trump for his conduct in office.”
The board acknowledged that it was "not a recommendation made lightly" because "the longstanding reluctance to prosecute former leaders is based on legitimate concerns about the justice system being used to settle political scores."
“But charging former leaders is not a radical step,” it added, noting that other democracies “routinely manage to prosecute crooked former leaders without starting down a slippery slope to authoritarianism
When it comes to twice-impeached Trump's time in office, prosecutors would have "plenty of potential crimes to choose from," according to the board, citing his "repeated attempts to obstruct justice," "efforts to overturn the Georgia election
results," and "infamous incitement" of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot
“Letting him go unpunished would set a far more dangerous precedent than having Trump stand trial
,” the board concluded. “To reform the presidency so that the last four years are never repeated, the country must go beyond passing laws: It must make clear through its actions that no one, not even the president, is above them.”
The entire interactive can be found here.