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.
Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.
"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."
CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.
"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."
Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’
In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.
When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.
"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."