Trump reportedly wanted to order prosecutions of Hillary Clinton, Comey

Trump reportedly wanted to order prosecutions of Hillary Clinton, Comey

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 reported Tuesday that at McGahn's urging, White House lawyers spelled out in a memo to the president how asking federal law enforcement to investigate his political enemies could open him up to an investigation that might end with his impeachment.

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.

"This is the sort of stuff of a banana republic", John Dean, White House counsel to Nixon, said of a report late on Tuesday that Trump had to be talked out of commanding the justice department to bring charges against the two, whom he saw as his political enemies.

It is unclear whether Mr. Trump read Mr. McGahn's memo or whether he pursued the prosecutions further.

But a series of recent reports has made it clear that Trump intends this threat in the most literal sense.

Trump reportedly wanted to order prosecutions of Hillary Clinton, Comey
Trump wanted to order Justice Dept to prosecute Clinton, Comey: Report

And in 2017, Trump pressed then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to study whether Clinton misdeeds called for further investigation, but Sessions pushed back on the idea of appointing a special counsel to oversee such a probe.

The FBI has been investigating that matter.

During his campaign, Trump said that he would have the Justice Department investigate Mrs Clinton, but has repeatedly criticised the department for investigating his associates rather than political opponents. "Comey is at *the center* of the Russian Federation probe".

He said: "This is what had him anxious then. So this new report is right in Mueller's strike zone - he can investigate this as part of alleged obstruction".

Gowdy said in the letter that Trump's use of personal email may "implicate the Presidential Records Act and other security and recordkeeping requirements", and set a December 5 deadline to respond to the request for more information.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor.

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