- REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
- President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to use his “powers” and get “involved” at the Justice Department.
- Trump has been seething at the department’s handling of the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election.
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promptly responded to Trump’s tweet and urged him against interfering in the investigation in any way.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to use his “powers” and get more “involved” at the Justice Department.
“A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice?’ At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!”
Trump has seethed in recent weeks at the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He has called the investigation, which is examining whether any Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials, a “witch hunt” and lashed out at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation.
In response to Trump’s tweet, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted a warning to “not go down this road.”
“Mr. President, the powers of the Presidency do not give you the right to interfere with or shut down the Russia investigation. Firing the Deputy AG or Director Mueller would create a constitutional crisis,” Schumer said.
On Monday, House Republicans allied with Trump drafted articles of impeachment against Rosenstein as a “last resort” if the deputy attorney general does not respond to requests for documents related to the Russia probe.
Trump has consistently expressed significant frustration over the Mueller investigation. On Wednesday, prior to his tweet threatening to get “involved,” the president again tweeted his frustrations.
“There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap),” he said. “What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!”