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Biden shoots down multiple questions about his predecessor’s indictment: ‘I have no comment on Trump’

Joe Biden and Donald TrumpPresident Joe Biden, left, and former President Donald Trump, right, in a composite image.

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  • Biden was asked multiple times Friday morning about the historic indictment of Donald Trump.
  • He shot down every question. “I have no comment on Trump,” he said, according to a pool report.
  • Democrats have told Insider that Biden, for many reasons, needs to be quiet about it.

President Joe Biden was asked multiple times Friday morning about the historic indictment of his predecessor, Donald Trump, but he shot down each question.

“I have no comment on Trump,” he said, according to a pool report, when asked whether the charges were politically motivated.

Other questions he declined to comment on during his departure from the White House included whether the indictment would further divide the country or what the indictment means for the rule of law. 

“No. I — I’m not going to talk about the Trump indictment,” he said, when asked if he’s worried about possible protests. 

Trump becoming the first former president to ever be indicted is the biggest story in politics.  But Democrats have told Insider that Biden, for many reasons, needs to be quiet about it.

He could be viewed as interfering in the legal system or using it for political purposes against a former and potential future rival – exhibiting an approach to law enforcement that Biden promised to reverse when running for president. His words could also backfire on him, as they have in the past.

“Don’t say a word,” is the advice from Democratic pollster and consultant Brad Bannon. “Let Trump steep in his own juices.”

A White House aide on Thursday night told Insider that the White House would not have a comment on the indictment.

—Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) March 30, 2023

 

Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were departing on Friday morning to Mississippi to reaffirm their committment to supporting people there after a deadly tornado, according to the White House.

He will undoubtedly be asked again for his reaction to Trump’s legal issues. The indictment follows an investigation into his alleged role in a hush-money payment to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels about their alleged affair ahead of the 2016 election, when he defeated Clinton. He could potentially be charged in multiple other ongoing investigations.

Democratic consultant Josh Schwerin said Biden should “stay above this.” 

“He needs to project the image of someone who is fighting for people and not meddling in the investigations against a former president, who was his political rival,” said Schwerin, a former spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton.

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