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Donald Trump wants his Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton

While slamming his Attorney General in a tweet, Trump calls on the DOJ to investigate Clinton


Charlie May
July 24, 2017 3:38PM (UTC)

In an effort to divert attention from the issues plaguing his own administration, President Donald Trump called for the Justice Department as well as House and Senate committees to investigate Hillary Clinton in a tweet on Monday morning.

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" the president wrote.

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Trump first brought up the idea appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton on the campaign trail, amidst chants from his crowd of supporters yelling "lock her up!"

"You'd be in jail," Trump told Clinton to her face during a presidential debate in October. But after winning the election one month later, he backed off.

"I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways," he said, according to the Hill. "It's just not something that I feel strongly about," when asked if he would pursue a prosecution.

But now, as the ongoing probe into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to the Russian government remains a dark, looming cloud over his presidency, Trump constantly feels the need to point out the possible wrongdoings of others.

The most worrisome undertone in all of this is the president's attempts to politicize the Department of Justice, and use it as a tool in order to threaten his political opponents as he continues to demand absolute loyalty from what is supposed to be an apolitical purveyor of justice. Over the last week Trump has repeatedly criticized his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying that he should have never recused himself from anything related to the Russia investigation.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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