According to sources from The Hill, some Democrats suggest that President Joe Biden should remain silent on the legal issues faced by former President Donald Trump.
This advice came shortly after Trump was charged with three additional federal criminal counts, expanding the existing legal concerns related to his investigation of classified documents.
Ivan Zapien, a previous Democratic National Committee official, suggested to the media source that the Biden administration would be better off adhering strictly to legal procedures rather than developing a specific strategy to navigate these legal cases. “Biden should treat this situation like you would treat hugging a porcupine, with utmost caution,” he remarked.
Veteran campaign professional and Democratic strategist, Eddie Vale, expressed the view that Biden could still manage the situation appropriately while making a political point. “The best course of action, politically and otherwise, is for him to completely abstain from it and let the relevant authorities do their work,” he noted.
Vale further contrasted Trump’s approach, who he claimed attempted to use governmental powers against his political rivals, with Biden’s approach, which he described as a return to proper functioning.
As the lead contender for the 2024 Republican nomination, Trump now confronts 40 criminal charges in this case, which DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith initiated in early June.
Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, further advised Biden to refrain from commenting on this matter altogether. “The moment he speaks up, he risks politicizing the DOJ investigation. He should learn from Trump’s very public blunders with the DOJ and maintain silence.”
Michael Ceraso, another Democratic strategist known for his involvement with progressive presidential campaigns, shared with The Hill that if Trump ends up losing, Republicans could point out Biden’s silence. He mentioned the possibility of figures like South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis capitalizing on Biden’s silence, describing it as a potential lack of leadership in challenging times. “It’s a risk he’s taking,” he noted.