In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — who has jumped to the forefront of potential Democratic presidential nominees — did not rule out seeing President Donald Trump prosecuted after he leaves office.
During his appearance on “State of the Union,” the Democrat discussed his drive for the nomination and was asked by the host about comments made by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that, if she is elected president, her Justice Department would have no choice but to go forward with obstruction of justice charges against President Trump.
“Would the Justice Department under President Buttigieg feel the same way — do the same thing?” Tapper asked.
“My Justice Department will be empowered to reach its own conclusions,” Buttigieg replied. “Two things are true and clear: one, nobody is above the law. And two: the prosecutorial process should have nothing to do with politics.”
“The less this has to do with the president the better,” he explained. “Right now we have a president who seems to think that the president can just dictate what the DOJ will do and call for political opponents to be jailed. I believe that the rule of law will catch up to this president.”
“It doesn’t require the Oval Office putting any kind of thumb on the scale. I trust the DOJ to reach the right determination,” he added.
“It sounds like you have an issue with Kamala Harris saying that,” Tapper pressed.
“I’m speaking to how I view the issue but I think we can maintain the two principles: nobody is above the law and prosecution should have nothing to do with politics and it should come from the DOJ itself, not the Oval Office,” he replied.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."
‘I thought he was joking’: CNN’s Cuomo didn’t buy Spicer’s humble brag about being a ‘staunch Christian’
During the Tuesday night "hand-off" between CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, the two chuckled about former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who made his "Dancing with the Stars" debut Monday night. Spicer bragged about being a "staunch Christian," as the reason for why he won't win "Dancing with the Stars." But Cuomo chastised Spicer for trying to score votes.