Trump Tried To Order DOJ To Prosecute Hillary, Comey

Trump Tried To Order DOJ To Prosecute Hillary, Comey

Trump Tried To Order DOJ To Prosecute Hillary, Comey

Richard Nixon would have told Donald Trump he had overstepped his powers and risked impeachment if he ordered the prosecution of Hillary Clinton and the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, a former top lawyer to the late, disgraced president has said. Under Richard Nixon, several officials refused to honor presidential orders, starting with special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was sacked by Nixon.

The New York Times says White House lawyers prepared a memo warning of consequences including possible impeachment.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

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".

Ethics officials disagree, stating the first daughter "discussed or relayed official White House business" using the account, a potential violation of the Presidential Records Act, which requires all official White House communications and records be preserved as a permanent archive of each administration.

A report says US President Donald Trump told his counsel's office last spring he wanted to prosecute political adversaries Hilary Clinton and James Comey.

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The encounter 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.

It is unclear whether Mr. Trump read Mr. McGahn's memo or whether he pursued the prosecutions further. "While I heard him break the law on some of those tapes, I never heard him do it by burning on his enemies and trying to put them in jail", he said.

In January, CNN reported that the Arkansas attorney and FBI were investigating possible corruption within the Clinton Foundation. "So this new report is right in Mueller's strike zone - he can investigate this as part of alleged obstruction".

"No, it's not an impeachable offense but it's the wrong thing to do", he said.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor.

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