Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) issued a scathing response to President Trump after the 45th President of the United States claimed that he has the “absolute right” to do what he wants with the Department of Justice.
However, Schiff reminded Trump that he does not and blatnatly responded: “no, you don’t.” He explained: “You can do what you want with your golf courses. But the country and its Justice Department belong to the American people.”
Trump: “I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.”
No, you don’t. You can do what you want with your golf courses. But the country and its Justice Department belong to the American people. https://t.co/60DFvIEMjk
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 29, 2017
During a recent interview with The New York Times, the President was Trump was asked if he would reopen an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email use during her time as secretary of State.
Trump responded by saying: “I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter.”
Trump also asserted this week’s interview it was “too bad” that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation. Trump compared Sessions to former President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder.
Trump continued: “I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President Obama. Totally protected him. When you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the president. And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest.”
Earlier this month, Schiff said: “The Russians offered help. The campaign accepted help. The Russians gave help. And the president made full use of that help.”
Trump has previously criticised the Justice Department and the FBI. In the past, he has also called for an investigation into Clinton and other Democrats and saying “a lot of people are disappointed” by the department.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), responded to those comments by labeling them “totally inappropriate” and saying Trump’s comments “not only undermine our justice system but erode the American people’s confidence in our institutions.”