“He has endangered our national security,” Pascrell said. “He ripped families apart. He poisoned the Census. He has personally profited from his office. He has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy. He was rightly impeached by the House of Representatives. He has engaged in treachery, in treason. He has all but given up on governing and protecting our nation and if he had a shred of dignity he would resign today.”
Pascrell said that the U.S. Justice Department and others should investigate the entire Trump administration next year, and that any effort by the president to pardon his aides should be considered “obstruction of justice” and a self-pardon would be illegal.
“Donald Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution,” Pascrell said. “Failure to hold financial and political wrongdoing accountable in the past has invited greater malfeasance by bad actors. A repeat of those failures in 2021 further emboldens criminality by our national leaders and continues America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism. There must be accountability.”