On Thursday, President Trump said that he hopes the Justice Department is investigating his former Democratic presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton, stating he’s “frustrated” he can’t be involved in the process.
“Hopefully they are doing something,” Trump said referring to the Justice Department investigating Clinton during a radio interview Larry O’Connor on Washington’s WMAL. “At some point maybe we’re all going to have it out.”
Trump expressed his discontent, stating he was “very unhappy” that federal officials were not investigating Clinton after information was revealed that her campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded research on Trump, later compiled into a dossier of unsubstantiated claims regarding his alleged connection to Russia. Trump called the dossier “fake.”
“The saddest thing, is because I’m the president of the United States, I’m not supposed to be involved in the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved in the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I’m very frustrated by it,” President Trump said.
Trump’s response came after the radio show host questioned him about potential probes into the uranium deal that took place during the Obama Administration when Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State along with leaks that emerged from the administration.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump often criticized Clinton regarding the use of a private email server during her time as a high ranking member of Obama’s cabinet. Throughout most of his rallies, attendees would chant “lock her up” in response to Clinton’s actions.
Clinton made her public her belief that the investigation into the emails were a contributing, if not deciding factor, to her defeat against Trump during the election, despite ex-FBI Director James Comey decision not to pursue charges against Clinton.
After winning the seat for presidency, Trump quickly changed his stance on the campaign driven issue, saying that he would not go forward with a criminal investigation into his democratic rival.
“It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” Trump told The New York Times after clenching the presidential win in 2016.
Trump’s latest comments come after White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly recommended an investigation be opened into the Clinton campaign as Mueller’s team probes the Trump-Russia collusion, resulting in the indictment of three of Trump’s aides.