by Zachary Halaschak / The Washington Examiner
Jim Comey: “Politicians and candidates should stop talking about future prosecutions.”
Former FBI Director James Comey called on politicians and candidates to leave talk about future prosecutions up to law enforcement after Sen. Kamala Harris said the Justice Department would prosecute President Trump if she is elected to the White House.
“Political candidates and elected officials should not talk about the future prosecution of any individual. Law enforcement decisions must be apolitical,” Comey said in a Saturday morning tweet.
Harris, a former attorney general of California, said that under her auspices the DOJ would likely pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump.
“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” Harris said.
“There has to be accountability,” she added. “I mean look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, another 2020 candidate, also said that he would support a criminal investigation into Trump if there was a “credible allegation.”
“To the extent that there’s an obstruction case, then yes, DOJ’s got to deal with it,” Buttigieg said.
Although he discourages politicians from talking about prosecution, Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, has spoken openly about it.
Comey recently said it “sure looks like” there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice based on the findings from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Last year Trump sought prosecutions of Comey and his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, but was rebuffed by his former counsel Don McGahn, who said he had no authority to make such an order to the Justice Department.
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