Biden hints he won't seek to prosecute Trump when he takes office and says he hasn't spoken to president since election

JOE Biden probably won't be seeking to prosecute Donald Trump, whom he hasn't spoken to since the election – and he promised his term presidency would not be "a third Obama term."

"I will not do what this president does and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen," Biden said in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt.


"Some Democrats want investigations go to forward against President Trump after he leaves office. Do you support that?" Holt asked Biden, referring to New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, who called on the DOJ to investigate "the entire Trump regime" and their "innumerable crimes."

Still, Biden doubled down on his initial remarks, saying there's nothing he can do on the federal level against Trump.

"There are a number of investigations that I've read about that are at a state level," Biden said. "There's nothing at all I can or cannot do about that."

During his NBC Nightly News appearance in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden also said he has not spoken to Trump directly since the election.


He did called the Trump administration's efforts in the transition process "sincere," just a day after the GSA officially began the process despite a nearly three-week delay since the election.

"Immediately, we've gotten outreach from the national security shop to just across the board," Biden said. "And they're already working out my ability to get presidential daily briefs."

"So I think we're gonna not be so far behind the curve as we thought might be in the past," Biden said, calming fears of the close to three-week delay. "And I must say the outreach has been sincere — it has not been begrudging so far and I don't expect it to be."

Biden's comments come in direct opposition to a senior Mueller investigator who said Trump's "criminal exposure is clear" and should face prosecution.

Biden also promised his presidency would not be like "a third Obama term," saying much has changed since 2016.

"This is not a third Obama term because," Biden started, "we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama/Biden administration."

"President Trump has changed the landscape," Biden added. "It's become America first, it's been America alone."

Biden recently made similar jabs at Trump when announcing key diverse members of his cabinet, adding they are to rebuild the United States Trump had harmed.

Biden announced his appointments formed "a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it" and will "confront our adversaries and not reject allies."

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