Trump Brags He Has ‘Absolute’ Power Over Justice Department
President Donald Trump bragged that he had “absolute” power over the U.S Justice Department.
During an interview with The New York Times, Trump denied there was any collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia despite documented meetings between his campaign and Russia in 2016.
Trump was asked if the Justice Department should reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails (after clearing her of any wrongdoing in 2016), and he asserted his claim of power:
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.
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump promised that he would investigate Clinton and her emails, and “lock her up.”
Trump also claimed that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California did not believe there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia:
Yeah. Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion… I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television saying there is no collusion. She’s the head of the committee.
Feinstein told NBC News’ “Meet The Press” on Dec. 3 that the Senate investigation is building a case of obstruction against Trump.
Trump also falsely claimed that he had saved the coal industry and created jobs despite still being under President Obama’s 2017 economic policies:
I’m the one that saved coal. I’m the one that created jobs. You know West Virginia is doing fantastically now.
Trump also falsely claimed that individual mandate in Obamacare was a payment to the government, which it is not:
You know the individual mandate, Michael, means you take money and you give it to the government for the privilege of not having to pay more money to have health insurance you don’t want.
Trump falsely claimed he had ended Obamacare: “[B]ecause now we’ve essentially gutted and ended Obamacare.”