Trump Actually Tried to Order the Prosecution of Clinton and Comey

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"I never heard him do it [break the law] by turning on his enemies and trying to put them in jail", Dean said of Nixon.

US President Donald Trump wanted prosecutions opened against his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton and ex-FBI director James Comey, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday. Josh Campbell, who previously worked as an aide to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, told CNN that Mr Comey was dismayed at the reports about Trump wanting to have him prosecuted. "This is what he's been so vocal about now and speaking out".

McGahn said that Trump could request such a probe but that even asking could lead to accusations of abuse of power, the newspaper said.

In January, CNN reported that the Arkansas attorney and FBI were investigating possible corruption within the Clinton Foundation.

"Attempting to abuse power is also an impeachable offense", tweeted former adviser to President Barack Obama Dan Pfeiffer.

He also continues to accuse Hillary Clinton of acting criminally in using a private email server to send thousands of emails while she was secretary of state, ahead of her failed presidential run.

Mr McGahn, however, warned the president against the action, and stated that he had no authority to order such a prosecution.

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". CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said former White House counsel Don McGhan's 30 hours of testimony to Robert Mueller could go a long way in determining whether the nature of Trump's intent and whether he ever contradicted himself.

Mr McGahn left the White House in October amid frictions with the President.

"More importantly", wrote Lederman, Trump's influence presumably is now stronger, with [acting attorney general Matt] Whitaker in place".

Gonzales later acknowledged Trump doesn't appear to have acted on his desire to investigate Clinton and Comey.

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