Trump: 'weaponization' of DOJ can be 'reversed'

November 11, 2023

Former President Donald Trump recently suggested that, should he become president again in 2024, he could use the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against his political opponents, as President Joe Biden has been using the DOJ against him. 

Trump, according to CBS News, said as much during an interview Thursday with Univision news.

There, Trump was asked about his often repeated claim that Biden has weaponized the DOJ against him.

NMás journalist and CBS News contributor Enrique Acevedo asked Trump, "You say they've weaponized the Justice Department, they weaponized the FBI. Would you do the same if you're reelected?"

"It could certainly happen in reverse."

Trump, in response to Acevedo's question, stopped short of saying that he will weaponize the DOJ against Democrats should he be reelected. But, Trump also did not say that he would not do it.

"If they do this - and they've already done it - but if they want to follow through on this, yeah, it could certainly happen in reverse. It could certainly happen in reverse. What they've done is they've released the genie out of the box," Trump said.

Trump went on to highlight the fact that what Biden has done, here, is set a precedent.

Trump said that Biden has set a precedent that could be followed by someone else down the line.

"They have done something that allows the next party - I mean, if somebody — if I happen to be president and I see somebody who's doing well and beating me very badly, I say, 'Go down and indict them.' Mostly what that would be, you know, they would be out of business. They'd be out, they'd be out of the election," Trump said.

Background

Trump, as stated earlier, has repeatedly claimed that Biden and the Democrats have weaponized the DOJ against him.

Trump, among other things, points to the criminal indictments that have been brought against him over the past year, including two from special counsel Jack Smith, who is prosecuting Trump on behalf of Biden's DOJ.

Trump has maintained that these indictments have no real merit, and even some renowned legal scholars, such as Alan Dershowitz, have agreed, suggesting that the cases have little merit at best.

Accordingly, Trump sees the indictments as a way that Biden and the Democrats are attempting to use America's justice system to interfere with his 2024 presidential election campaign. Trump is currently the clear favorite to face off against Biden in 2024. 

During his Univision interview, Trump said that the American "people aren't going to stand for" Biden's weaponization of the DOJ against him. Time will tell if this is indeed the case.

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