The Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, said that when he was elected, he would leave the Justice Department to operate independently of the White House during any possible criminal investigation into President Donald Trump.
"No one is above the law and the prosecution decisions must have nothing to do with politics and must come from the Department of Justice itself, not from the Oval Office," Buttigieg said. Jake Tapper, CNN, in an interview. Overview from an interview to broadcast Sunday.
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Buttigieg's remark contrasts with her Democratic rival, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who said that if she were elected, the Justice Department would have no choice but to sue Trump for justice. obstruction of justice should he complete his term without being dismissed. Harris, a former California Attorney General, told NPR that former special advocate, Robert Mueller, had essentially paved the way for criminal prosecutions against Trump, and that only a Justice Department policy banning prosecution the presiding officers were in conflict.
Harris, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren's other nominees to former HUD secretary Julian Castro, called for Trump's removal. Buttigieg has also pleaded for impeachment investigations, but is more focused on beating Trump in 2020.
Buttigieg also called for criminal investigations on Trump when he completed his tenure in 2021 without an indictment, but the mayor of South Bend, in the Indian, did not go to court. to dictate the conclusion of these investigations. He also told The Atlantic that he would be reluctant to order his Attorney General to directly pursue the charges against Trump.
"I would like any credible allegation of criminal behavior to be the subject of a thorough investigation," Buttigieg told The Atlantic on Wednesday.
Speaking to Tapper, Buttigieg said the criminal investigation would be conducted by an independent ministry of justice, without micromanaging presidential oversight.
"The prosecution process should have nothing to do with politics," said Buttigieg. "The less it has to do with the president, the better."