Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton

samcraig

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Wow. Just wow. A pattern for Trump...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/us/politics/president-trump-justice-department.html

The lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution. Mr. McGahn said that while he could request an investigation, that too could prompt accusations of abuse of power. To underscore his point, Mr. McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment.
 

GermanSuplex

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Not surprising, the man talks about the justice department like they’re both his personal legal team and also under his direct orders. To this day, there’s little to indicate he didn’t believe The White House wouldn’t be ran like an episode of The Apprentice. I mean, the firings and trash drama is all still there, but he’s quickly discovering the system of checks and balances.
 

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/18/us/politics/don-mcgahn-mueller-investigation.html

The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter.

In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president’s fury toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer.
 

GermanSuplex

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Oooh, I forgot about that.... Interesting.

Also hear that Whitaker was present, but that's hardly surprising, nobody for one second believed Trump had never met him. He insulted and poked fun at Jeff Sessions for well over a year, and after all of his whining, puts someone in place he never met? Just that he "heard good things about"? LOL.

Maybe a Trumper will believe that claptrap, anyone who actually has paid attention to Trump won't.
 

bradl

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Wow. Just wow. A pattern for Trump...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/us/politics/president-trump-justice-department.html

The lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution. Mr. McGahn said that while he could request an investigation, that too could prompt accusations of abuse of power. To underscore his point, Mr. McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment.
This is one of this times when one should use reverse psychology on him and tell him "Okay, go ahead and try it, and see the results you get."

Then when he gets called up by the House and tried in the Senate, everyone tells him that that is what he gets for exercising sheer lunacy and idiocy to satisfy his frail ego.

BL.
 
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A.Goldberg

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I’m not sure investigating Comey and Hillary counts as “rivals”. Comey’s career is over and unless Clinton is stupid enough to run again she’s old news. And I guess that’s my thought, all of this is in the past. Whether they did something wrong or not, I don’t see the value in wasting money and resources on something at this point really doesn’t matter.
 

mudslag

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I’m not sure investigating Comey and Hillary counts as “rivals”. Comey’s career is over and unless Clinton is stupid enough to run again she’s old news. And I guess that’s my thought, all of this is in the past. Whether they did something wrong or not, I don’t see the value in wasting money and resources on something at this point really doesn’t matter.


But she was a rival which is how it would still look.
 
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JayMysterio

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I’m not sure investigating Comey and Hillary counts as “rivals”. Comey’s career is over and unless Clinton is stupid enough to run again she’s old news. And I guess that’s my thought, all of this is in the past. Whether they did something wrong or not, I don’t see the value in wasting money and resources on something at this point really doesn’t matter.
45 makes rivals, to gin up his base. Clinton has been kept in the spotlight as much for her own actions, as 45 & his minions bed wetting themselves over every fevered imaginative conspiracy they conjure up. At one point 45 during the campaign was threatening to lock up Clinton to much applause, then disappointed part of his base when he didn't follow thru. If 45 was hoping to get some cheers, instigating an investigation into Clinton would certainly be a crowd pleaser for his base. Like anything this charlatan does, it's more for appearance or self preservation, than actual substance.
 

Thomas Veil

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I’m not sure investigating Comey and Hillary counts as “rivals”. Comey’s career is over and unless Clinton is stupid enough to run again she’s old news. And I guess that’s my thought, all of this is in the past.
It could be this is just distraction from his own ethical transgressions. But I’m guessing this is also part political revenge porn.