Republished with permission by Knowhere News
President Donald Trump reportedly told the White House counsel that he wanted to order the Justice Department to pursue charges against former political rival Hillary Clinton and fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this year, according to a report published Tuesday by The New York Times.
Then-White House Counsel Don McGahn reportedly told Trump that the president did not have the authority to order such an investigation and that it would likely cause accusations of abuse of power. The Times, citing unnamed sources familiar with the incident, reported that McGahn ordered White House lawyers to draft a memo for the president explaining the potential consequences of such an action, including the possibility of impeachment.
McGahn has since left the White House. Comey, who was fired by the president and is a frequent target of his ire, is a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
The Times also said that the president had considered appointing a second special counsel to look into the conduct of both Clinton and Comey, according to two sources.
Trump repeatedly threatened to prosecute Hillary Clinton when he was running against her during the 2016 presidential campaign. The president has also accused Comey of breaking the law by leaking to the press confidential memos he wrote after having meetings with Trump.