Trump Wanted DoJ to Prosecute Comey, Clinton

Trump Wanted DoJ to Prosecute Comey, Clinton

US President Donald Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two political foes, his one-time presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, in the spring, but his White House counsel rebuffed him, the New York Times reported on Tuesday (Nov 20).

McGahn reportedly told the president that he does not have the authority to order prosecutions - such decisions are to be made by prosecutors themselves, based on the facts at hand.

Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz - who has gained notoriety in the Trump era as a frequent cable news supporter of the President - criticized President Trump on Wednesday for attempting to weaponize his Justice Department to attack his political foes.

"I might have a quiet conversation with the attorney general or maybe the deputy attorney general to just simply say there are these stories out there and it's just something you ought to look at, and then leave it at that", he said.

Gonzales called that report "a very, very serious situation".

Clinton ran all her emails while she was secretary of state through a private server that sat in the basement of her Chappaqua, New York home.

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McGahn told Trump that even requesting a DOJ investigation, something within his power, would likely draw howls of protest and accusations that he was abusing his power, according to the Times.

The White House did not comment on the report. "Which among other things proves the president was flat out lying when he said he didn't know Matt Whitaker".

Trump fired Comey in May 2017 and appointed Christopher Wray to replace him.

Dean said that while Nixon broke the law by his involvement in the Watergate scandal, resulting in the president's resignation in 1974, the idea that Trump would try to get Clinton and Comey prosecuted, as the New York Times reported late Tuesday, amounts to "really very, very heavy sledding".

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure from the White House, on November 20.

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