The lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution. Mr. McGahn said that while he could request an investigation, that too could prompt accusations of abuse of power. To underscore his point, Mr. McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment.
The encounter was one of the most blatant examples yet of how Mr. Trump views the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against his political enemies. It took on additional significance in recent weeks when Mr. McGahn left the White House and Mr. Trump appointed a relatively inexperienced political loyalist, Matthew G. Whitaker, as the acting attorney general.
So Trump tried to use his position to go after who he viewed were his political enemies. Which is standard operating procedure for any good authoritarian who dreams of living the dictator lifestyle, like his good buddies Putin and Kim Jong Un.
But it seems his White House Counsel told him in no uncertain terms that the consequences for him would be dire. Additionally, it would seem to me that the person who makes the most sense in leaking this information is the recently departed White House Counsel, Mr. McGahn. Trying to take the image rehabilitation route that so many others have felt the need to take, after showering off the filth of working in this White House.
Anywho, what say you here? Big deal? No big deal? Will you care if a Democrat is in office and tries to pursue this same thing against their Republican rivals?