Should Donald Trump be prosecuted by the DOJ for crimes against the United States? Last week the FBI searched former President Donald J. Trump's home Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida with a warrant stating that he was under investigation for potential breaches of the Espionage Act. The move deeply angered Trump, his supporters, and signaled a major escalation of the investigations into January 6 and the final stages of Trump's presidency.
For some, Donald Trump represents a threat to American democracy and must be prosecuted for his actions to send the message that one is above the law. A failure to hold him to account, they argue, would embolden him and his supporters to launch further attacks on American institutions with impunity.
But others argue that while some of Trump's behavior may have been unsavory, even reprehensible, the pursuit of a prosecution would only further damage the country, politicize the justice system in the eyes of many Americans, and perhaps boost Trump politically by feeding into his narrative of victimhood.
So who's right? David Blight and Rich Lowry debate with Philippa Thomas as moderator.