President Trump wanted to order the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute his 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, according to The New York Times.
Trump this past spring reportedly told now-former White House counsel Don McGahn of his desire to prosecute the pair, prompting McGahn to rebuff the president, saying he did not have the authority to do so.
McGahn later told the president that he did have the authority, but warned that such a request would likely elicit accusations of abuses of power, the Times reported.
Last year, Trump’s lawyers privately requested that the DOJ investigate Comey for mishandling sensitive government information and for his role in the Clinton email investigation, according to the Times. The request was denied.
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