Posted on June 14, 2021 (June 14, 2021) Challenging Corruption Share: The Boston Globe Editorial Board recently published a new editorial, as part of a series, on the importance of holding former President Trump accountable for federal crimes he has committed. The following are some excerpts from the new editorial. Norms in a democracy are only as good as our willingness to enforce them. After the precedent-busting, lawbreaking presidency of Donald Trump, Congress needs to pass new laws to constrain future officeholders. That’s the case the Globe has made in this series: curbs on the pardon power, safeguards against nepotism, broadening the power of Congress to investigate the president, protections for whistle-blowers, requirements that presidents make financial disclosures to root out conflicts of interest. All of that is crucial to protect Americans against a repeat of the last four years. The events of Jan. 6, and those that led up to them, were an extreme abuse of power that few ever imagined a president would commit. A commander in chief tried his very best to subvert democracy. He attacked his own country. Five people died. Allowing him to go unpunished would set a far more dangerous precedent than having Trump stand trial. To reform the presidency so that the last four years are never repeated, the country must go beyond passing laws: It must make clear through its actions that no person, not even the president, is above them. FSFP is currently leading a non-partisan campaign dedicated to defending the U.S. Constitution and holding former president Trump accountable for any potential crimes he may have committed. The campaign, which has so far gathered signatures from more than two hundred thousand Americans across the country, is urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to create an independent task force within the US Department of Justice to investigate the former president, members of his administration, or his campaign, business, or other associates, for any potential federal criminal or civil violations they may have committed. Read the full Boston Globe editorial here. Join the campaign to Hold Trump Accountable here.