Over the last few days, President Trump has been contacting aides to discuss pressing criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe according to reports from the Washington Post.
Trump believes the trio — not strangers to his ire — should be charged for “misdeeds alleged by Republicans” several individuals close to the president told the Washington Post.
Some of Trump’s advisors have allegedly grown anxious, though individuals close to the White House told the Post that he’s yet to take any concrete action, such as contacting the Justice Department. Currently, sources familiar characterize the complaints as venting more than an indication of anything concrete.
A particular sticking point for the president is Comey, who is currently on an aggressive media tour for his new book “Higher Loyalty.”
The former FBI director has publicly spoken out against the president during several television appearances and said Trump was “untethered from the truth” and unfit to govern. Such comments from Comey have rattled the president, and some of that displeasure can be seen on his Twitter feed.
“Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump wrote hours before Comey’s “20/20” interview aired.
Another notable Trump target of recent is Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, several sources added. The president is reportedly agitated with a Gorsuch’s more liberal leanings in recent court decisions and concerned that he will continue to pull away from expected conservative rulings.
However, calls to jail his detractors — especially former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — are nothing new. “Lock Her Up” — a crowd chant urging the Department of Justice to jail Clinton for the misuse of a private email server — was commonplace in many, if not all, of Trump’s campaign rallies.
“It’s just a good thing that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Clinton said during a debate a month before the election.
“Because you’d be in jail,” Trump replied.
Though it’s unclear if these recent alleged remarks about Comey, Clinton, and McCabe will amount to anything more.
These most recent comments come on the back of several additions to his own legal team, including former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani who will represent Trump as investigations into his campaign’s relationship with Russia continue to evolve.