Trump's latest comments on the Justice Department may be his scariest yet

Trump says he wants the Justice Department to look into his opponents, make trials "fairer"


Charlie May
November 3, 2017 12:55PM (UTC)

With each softball interview, we're learning more about President Donald Trump's ignorance of the structure of the American government.

During an interview with conservative radio host Larry O'Connor Thursday, Trump gave hints that he knew he was not supposed to get involved with the Justice Department's day-to-day operations when he said :

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The saddest thing is that because I'm the president of the United States I'm not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department, I'm not supposed to be involved with the FBI, I'm not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I'm very frustrated by it. I look at what's happening with the Justice Department, why aren't they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with the dossier and the kind of money...?

But on Friday morning, Trump was back on-message, crusading against his political opponents and calling on the FBI and the Justice Department to do something about it in several tweets.

On Thursday night, Trump sat down with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who pointed out that Trump had called the justice system in America a "joke" and a "laughing stock" and asked him to elaborate. His response was that due process seemed to be too much of a process to do.

"Well, when I look at immigration and I look at this whole thing, coming in by lottery and then we can't do anything about it quickly," Trump said, "and I look at what's going on with justice when it comes to so many different topics, I really feel..."

Ingraham interrupted, "Criminal justice, you're talking about criminal justice issues?"

"A lot of justice," Trump said. "This guy [Manhattan terrorist, Sayfullo Saipov] would be tied up forever in the court system. You look at some of the cases that are going on forever and you have them dead to rights? Now, the justice system has to go quicker and it has to be, really, stronger and fairer. Probably has to be fairer too."

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What Trump meant when he expressed his grievances with the justice system or that it has to be "fairer" is unclear, though it's likely he used that term loosely. Trump's comments on the Justice Department epitomized how the president continues to treat the Oval Office as if it's his office in Trump Tower, in which he exerts full control and total power.


Charlie May

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

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