Trump wanted to order prosecution of Clinton and Comey

Trump wanted to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey – report

Trump Wanted DOJ To Prosecute James Comey And Hillary Clinton: Report

President Donald Trump told his counsel's office last spring that he wanted to prosecute political adversaries Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, an idea that prompted White House lawyers to prepare a memo warning of consequences ranging up to possible impeachment, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

President Trump attempted to have two of his largest rivals prosecuted by the Justice Department but was discouraged by White House counsel, according to a report published on Tuesday.

McGahn, who has reportedly been cooperating extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and collusion with the Trump campaign, departed his position as White House counsel in October.

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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 Times said McGahn went on to have White House lawyers list the consequences of such a demand for Trump.

Trump has continued to speak about those potential prosecutions and pondered appointing a special counsel to investigate Clinton and Comey.

"Like any client, the president is entitled to confidentiality".

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A lawyer for McGahn told the Times that Trump "never, to his knowledge, ordered that anyone prosecute Hillary Clinton or James Comey".

Trump a year ago called his distance from law enforcement one of the "saddest" parts of being president.

As Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt wrote, the move "was one of the most blatant examples yet of how Mr. Trump views the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against his political enemies".

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"I am not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing". "I looked at it just very briefly today, and the presidential records - they're all in presidential records".

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