South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) hesitated when asked if he agreed with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE’s (D-Calif.) remarks that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE should be prosecuted when he leaves office.
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CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson says issues over systemic racism are ‘very uncommon now’ Congressional Black Caucus chair says ‘a lot of’ House GOP interest in police reform bill National security adviser blames ‘a few bad apples,’ says there’s not systemic racism in law enforcement MORE asked Buttigieg whether he agreed with Harris, who said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should prosecute the president for obstructing justice in the special counsel investigation after Trump leaves the White House.
“My Justice Department will be empowered to reach its own conclusions,” Buttigieg responded in the interview airing on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Two things are true and clear: One, nobody is above the law, and, two, the prosecutorial process should have nothing to do with politics.”
“The less this has to do with the president, the better,” he continued, adding, “I believe that the rule of law will catch up with this president. It doesn’t require the Oval Office putting any kind of thumb on the scale.”
.@PeteButtigieg tells @jaketapper that his Department of Justice would be empowered to reach its own conclusions and the prosecutorial process “should have nothing to do with politics.”
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Buttigieg made the comments days after Harris told reporters this week that “there has to be accountability” for Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice after the president leaves office.
“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” she told an NPR podcast. “There has to be accountability.”
“I mean, look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability,” Harris said, adding, “Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”
Multiple Democrats have urged the House to begin impeachment proceedings following the release of the special counsel’s report earlier this year, which found multiple instances of Trump’s purported attempts to end the years-long investigation into his campaign and Russia.