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CNN’s Toobin Goes Off Over Trump Wanting Clinton, Comey Prosecuted: ‘What Happens in Authoritarian Countries’

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin went off tonight in response to the bombshell report that President Donald Trump wanted to order the DOJ to go after James Comey and Hillary Clinton.

According to The New York Times, Trump was rebuffed by White House counsel Don McGahn, who warned it “could prompt accusations of abuse of power.” McGahn has since departed the White House and the current acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, wrote in a 2016 op-ed that he would indict Clinton.

Toobin told Wolf Blitzer tonight, “This is what happens in authoritarian countries. The president orders––the leader orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies.”

He noted how thankfully it didn’t happen, but also pointed out this is the logical extension of a lot of what Trump has publicly said and tweeted about both Clinton and Comey.

Wolf Blitzer brought up the part of the report revealing that Trump is unhappy with FBI director Christopher Wray for failing to aggressively investigate Clinton.

“Well, this is his view of any government official, whether it’s in the FBI or the Justice Department, who doesn’t do his personal bidding,” Toobin said. “He has absolutely no understanding that the FBI, the Justice Department, the entire U.S. government, works for the taxpayers, works for defending the Constitution. He thinks they are all his personal servants.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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