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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 then-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.
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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.
McGahn then promised to send a memo outlining the president's authorities, which he had White House lawyers compose. The memo warned that asking for the prosecutions could lead to Trump's impeachment or other negative repercussions.
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McGahn left his role as White House counsel in October after 21 months. Trump chose commercial litigator Pat Cipollone to replace him.
The president continues to privately discuss the possibility of prosecuting Clinton and Comey, the Times reported, citing two people who have spoken...
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