In an interview with BBC News to promote his new book Saving justice, former FBI Director James Comey said President-elect Joe Biden should “consider” forgiving his predecessor, Donald Trump, when he takes office on Jan. 20.
Asked if Biden would take a page from Gerald Ford, who pardoned Richard Nixon in 1974, Komi replied: “I don’t know. He has to consider it. While saying he was not sure Trump – who reportedly came up with the idea of pardoning – would accept such pardon, he added: “As part of rehabilitating the country and taking us to a place where we can focus on things coming in the next four years, I think Joe Biden will have to think about that at least. “
Of course, a presidential pardon would protect Trump only from federal charges, not from the many state crimes he is currently under investigation for.