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DemocratSinceBirth

(99,729 posts)
Tue Nov 20, 2018, 07:34 PM Nov 2018

Should Trump be impeached for inquiring if the D O J can prosecute his political enemies? [View all]

Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/us/politics/pre

WASHINGTON — President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

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.

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 took on additional significance in recent weeks when Mr. McGahn left the White House and Mr. Trump appointed a relatively inexperienced political loyalist, Matthew G. Whitaker, as the acting attorney general.

It is unclear whether Mr. Trump read Mr. McGahn’s memo or whether he pursued the prosecutions further. But the president has continued to privately discuss the matter, including the possible appointment of a second special counsel to investigate both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Comey, according to two people who have spoken to Mr. Trump about the issue. He has also repeatedly expressed disappointment in the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, for failing to more aggressively investigate Mrs. Clinton, calling him weak, one of the people said.


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on what specific charge? we dont like him is not a specific charge nt msongs Nov 2018 #1
For asking the Justice Department to prosecute his political ebemies DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #4
Except, according to the story, he asked about doing it, but didn't actually go ahead onenote Nov 2018 #10
The mere asking DOJ to prosecute his enemies is a clear abuse of power. DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #14
Again. He's didn't ask DOJ. onenote Nov 2018 #18
This. Adsos Letter Nov 2018 #37
but he doesn't appear to have made a formal request qazplm135 Nov 2018 #34
Asking stupid questions djg21 Nov 2018 #13
He asked his liaison to DOJ. Abuse of Power. dem4decades Nov 2018 #30
DOJ said no. djg21 Nov 2018 #36
My understanding was it was squashed by McGhan, it never went to DOJ. Doesn't matter dem4decades Nov 2018 #38
Maybe it goes to intent. djg21 Nov 2018 #46
Abuse of Power hlthe2b Nov 2018 #9
Only if there's a reasonable chance of conviction in the Senate. The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2018 #2
And since there is ZERO chance of conviction in the Senate, it's pointless. n/t elocs Nov 2018 #5
Worse than pointless. Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 #11
Who gives two fucks about Trump's base? DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #12
Well, we could talk about McConnell laughing his ass off if you'd prefer? Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 #15
We can slow walk impeachment and he would be still be on trial when he runs for re-election. DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #16
Stop. Please. You're making the idea even worse. Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 #17
We just whipped Trump's base. DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #19
If that's how you demonstrate bravery, say hello to Custer and Lord Cardigan. Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 #22
Trump is at 42.4% approval DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #24
It's not about him expanding his base. Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 #31
To be clear, I'm fine with making a stand for history's verdict. Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 #35
I voted No, because the votes aren't in the Senate, so no point going down that road. Indict his OnDoutside Nov 2018 #3
The question was should - not will Generic Brad Nov 2018 #23
He trial balloons dictatorship JonLP24 Nov 2018 #6
No No No. bullet meet feets Stinky The Clown Nov 2018 #7
Also voted no because bluestarone Nov 2018 #8
This is a redline for our Democracy. Johnny2X2X Nov 2018 #20
If he can lock up Hillary and James Comey he can lock up you and me. DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #25
Um, you can prove this, right? brooklynite Nov 2018 #21
He would kill them if he could get away with it katmondoo Nov 2018 #26
I have no doubt he would if as you say he could get away with it. DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2018 #27
+1, he takes helpless peoples children from them as policy ... of course he would kill. There's no uponit7771 Nov 2018 #42
tRump should be impeached for a myriad of reasons. shanny Nov 2018 #28
The real question... MyOwnPeace Nov 2018 #29
Of course he should. dewsgirl Nov 2018 #32
In my mind it depends on why the order wasn't carried out. RDANGELO Nov 2018 #33
No. But investigate the living shit out of him. Hound that fat bastard all the way to hell. VOX Nov 2018 #39
And then they would have had him lynched in the rotunda of the capitol building Volaris Nov 2018 #45
Oh, there are more than a few who would revel in such death-dealing behavior. VOX Nov 2018 #47
Yes Trump should be impeached standingtall Nov 2018 #40
NO !! Not if that's all he did was "inquire" with a simple question. uponit7771 Nov 2018 #41
Some day he'll be in a position to be prosecuted Buckeyeblue Nov 2018 #43
Pffft...the daughterfucker should be impeached for waking up in the White House every morning. Volaris Nov 2018 #44
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