SHOULD we be surprised when this happens? I don't think so. Look at the litany of public officials who have been embroiled in legal problems while running in or serving in office:
• Rick Perry (indicted for 2 felonies while running for President). He was ironically named by Trump as head of the Department of Energy (the department he said he wanted to eliminate but famously forgot in a debate.)
• Eugene Debs (in prison for Seditious Conspiracy and ran for President from prison.) He got nearly a million votes.
• Lyndon LaRouche (ran for President and for Congress while in jail)
• Marion Barry (D.C. mayor convicted on cocaine charges yet elected mayor again four years later.)
• Rod Blagojevich (Illinois governor who tried to sell Obama's Senate seat) He is suing the state after serving 8 years of a 14-year sentence (issued clemency by Trump) so he can try to run again.
• Spiro Agnew (Vice President who resigned after making plea deal with Justice Department whereby he would resign and would only be charged with one minor count instead of the host of bribery and corruption charges that were awaiting him.)
I think almost all of us agree that "no one is above the law," right? The only exception that I can think who didn't support that idea is former President Richard Nixon, who gained even more infamy when he was being interviewed by David Frost. Frost asked him if there were a situation in which violating the law would be excusable if it were "for the good of the country." Nixon responded with, "When the President does it, that means it is not illegal," by definition.
Trump is facing charges in New York, and he is being indicted on Tuesday, we think. We will learn the charges then, even though many have come out with strong opinions about those charges before they have even been announced. He will probably face charges in Georgia for election interference (the phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger where he said, "What I want to do it this. I just want to find, uh, 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state." He might face charges for the case being overseen by special counsel Jack Smith concerning illegal possession of classified documents and obstruction of justice for refusing to turn over those documents for more than a year after they were requested. Finally, he is liable for his actions up to, during, and after the January 6 insurrection. Mitch McConnell said, "We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former Presidents are not immune from being accountable from either one." (This was said AFTER he said, "There's no question--none--that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."
So... I would suggest that we should NOT be surprised or shocked by what is happening now.
Further, I would hope we would all agree that no one is above the law. The justice department should follow the facts in each of these cases and if there is enough evidence, an indictment might lead to a trial, and we all would hope that the trial would show his guilt or innocence. The same can be said for President Biden. If he is guilty of "treason" or some other crime(s) for allegedly selling access to his office while he was Vice President, then the justice department should follow the facts and bring an indictment against him, which may well lead to a trial and possible conviction on whatever the charges will be. [Note" Current justice department policy precludes indicting a sitting President.]
In other words, I think we all want everyone to be subject to the same laws.
P.S. Ken Paxton, who is the sitting Attorney General in Texas, was indicted five years ago... and he still has not been brought to trial. ::smh::