During a radio interview Thursday, President Trump said he was “very sad” that he could not intervene and pressure the Justice Department to investigate his former political rival, Hillary Clinton.
WMAL’s Larry O’Connor asked the president why he had not yet fulfilled his campaign pledge to jail Clinton, a pledge that he repeated at his campaign rallies as he led the audience with chants of “lock her up!”
“But you know the saddest thing, because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI,” he explained. “I’m not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I’m very frustrated by it.”
“Why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with the dossier, and the kind of money?” Trump asked. “I don’t know, is it possible that they paid $12.4 million for the dossier? And how was it – which is total phony, fake – and how was it used?” he continued.
“And you know, it’s very discouraging to me, I’ll be honest, I’m very unhappy with it, that the Justice Department isn’t going,” Trump went on.
“Now, maybe they are, but as president, and I think you understand this, as a president you are not supposed to be involved in that process,” he continued.
“But hopefully they are doing something and at some point maybe we’re all going to have it out,” Trump said.
In her recent memoir, What Happened, Clinton admitted that Trump’s threats to jail her caused her deep concern after he won the November 8 election.
“In my head, I heard the vicious ‘Lock her up!’ chants that had echoed through Trump’s rallies,” Clinton wrote. “In our second debate, Trump had said that if he won, he’d send me to prison. Now he had won. I had no idea what to expect.”
When Trump held a campaign rally in Alabama in late September, crowds chanted “lock her up.”
Trump told the crowd, “You’ve got to speak to Jeff Sessions about that.”