President Donald Trump said Friday in an interview with Politico that he may well ask Attorney General William Barr to investigate Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Asked about a story regarding Biden’s son, Hunter, and a business deal in Ukraine that the president and his supporters have been trying to turn into a scandal that would harm Biden, Trump remarked:
“Certainly it is a very big issue and we’ll see what happens. I have not spoken to him about it. Would I speak to him about it? I haven’t thought of that. I mean, you’re asking me a question I just haven’t thought of.”
Yet in the next breath, the president said it “certainly it would be an appropriate thing to” discuss with attorney general, and even suggesting that he remains angry about the Mueller investigation:
“Because he’s a Democrat it’s about 1/100 the size of the fact that if he were a Republican, it would be a lot bigger.”
Trump also sounded like he’s convinced Biden will be the Democratic nominee, even though no votes have yet been cast, saying it reminded him of his race in 2016 before trying to undercut Biden for making a mistake by calling British Prime Minister Theresa May by the name of former PM Margaret Thatcher. Biden quickly caught his mistake and laughed it off:
“Is that a good front runner? I don’t know. That was a beauty.”
While he was at it, Trump also took cheap shots at some of the other Democratic contenders, saying of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg:
“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States.”
And Trump also decided to weigh in on Senator GOP Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. That committee issued a subpoena this week for additional testimony from the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.:
“I won the state of North Carolina and frankly had another Republican won [the primary], they would not have won the state. I have a great relationship to that state. So I was very surprised. [Burr] came in, ran along with me. I didn’t know him well but he ran along with me. So yeah, I was very surprised to see that.”
But the very fact that Trump dared to raise the specter that he might ask his attorney general to investigate one of his political opponents reeks of authoritarianism and fascism, both of which this president loves to flirt with. Such a notion is wholly unacceptable in this country, which is supposed to be based on the rule of law as established by the Constitution.
Donald Trump is a threat to everything this republic stands for. He must be removed from office by impeachment or at the polls in 2020.
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