While it is theoretically possible for a president to ask the Dept. of Justice to open an investigation, it is illegal for the president to order the prosecution of any American.
The letter, obtained by the Hill, follows the Washington Post report claiming that Trump sent hundreds of emails about White House business to contact "White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistant", an apparent violation of the Presidential Record Act.
"I might have a quiet conversation with the attorney general or maybe the deputy attorney general to just simply say there are these stories out there and it's just something you ought to look at, and then leave it at that", he said.
Gonzales stated his characterization of a "serious situation" stemmed from the country being a democracy where "you don't go after your political rivals".
President Donald Trump wanted to order the Department of Justice to prosecute Hillary Clinton, his Democratic challenger in the 2016 election, and former FBI Director James Comey and had to be talked down from the decision by the White House counsel, according to a report Tuesday in The New York Times.
Trump's lawyer criticized the media for peddling "misinformation" and pointed out the difference between Trump's and Hillary Clinton's use of personal email.
Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact
Shortly before the Bennett news conference from the Knesset, Netanyahu met with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. If Jewish Home also left the government, Netanyahu would lose his majority and early elections would likely be called .
McGahn reportedly told Trump that taking that action would be an impeachable offense, a sentiment that Dershowitz did not share.
Dean said that while Nixon broke the law by his involvement in the Watergate scandal, resulting in the president's resignation in 1974, the idea that Trump would try to get Clinton and Comey prosecuted, as the New York Times reported late Tuesday, amounts to "really very, very heavy sledding".
Comey also released a book in April, 'A Higher Loyalty, ' in which he excoriated Trump as a corrupt authoritarian leader who should never have been given the reins of power.
"It's not an impeachable offense, but it's the wrong thing to do".
US President Donald Trump signs autographs as he arrives at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on November 20, 2018.