Trump Raised Notion Of Prosecuting Clinton, Comey With Justice Officials

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Gonzales's comments followed a bombshell report about Trump telling former White House counsel Don McGahn to prosecute former Democratic presidential candidate Clinton and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey earlier this year. In anticipation of his Clinton related questions, Mr Whitaker brought information about the investigation with him when meeting with the President, but did not cross any lines with the information that he disclosed.

Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a memo a year ago to investigate Comey and his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Had President Donald Trump been successful in launching prosecutions against Hillary Clinton and James Comey, it could have spelled the end of his presidency, as a clear-cut abuse of power.

They were also looking into if any tax-exempt funds were misused. But following the election, Trump said he did not want to investigate Clinton after such a brutal presidential race.

Trump has publicly railed against Clinton's private email use during her tenure as US Secretary of State, as well as her role in the Obama administration's decision to allow a Russian company to buy a uranium mining firm.

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"Like any client, the president is entitled to confidentiality".

McGahn reportedly "rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution".

McGahn left the White House in October, with 21 months in service ranking among the longest-serving of Trump's top aides.

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".

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.