Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump, accusing him of "politicizing" the Justice Dept. during a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Sept. 23)
JOE BIDEN: The Justice Department, under my administration, will be totally independent of me. I will not direct them who to prosecute, how to prosecute, what to prosecute, and I will not be an injecting. I will not enter their decisions based upon the judgments they make about what cases they bring and they don't bring.
But most of all, most of all, I would have an attorney general who understood his oath of office, not a joke. An attorney general has an oath of office that, in fact, could do and move on what the professionals in the department thought had to be pursued without my interfering to say, "No, they're my friends," or "They're my-- you know, I know them," or "Go after this person."
--but I get asked the following question. If, in fact, you get elected, would you prosecute Trump? Would you pursue prosecuting Trump?
The answer is I'm not going to pursue prosecuting anybody. I'm going to do what the Justice Department says should be done-- should be done and not politicize it. It's the most dangerous thing that's happened so far, is the politicization of the Department of Justice.
With regard to the Civil Rights Division, I would significantly increase two things. One, civil rights presence in the Justice Department and elevate it so it has access to and transparency to all police departments' activities across the country, just so they are aware, or it's transparent, what's going on.