President Trump on Friday suggested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “should be looking at the Democrats” for their actions during the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t know, I’m really not involved with the Justice Department,” he said outside the White House.
“I’d like it to run itself, but honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats, they should be looking at Podesta and all of that dishonesty, they should be looking at a lot of things,” Trump added. “And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.”
Trump also denied that there was any collusion between his election campaign and Russia last year.
“All I can tell you is this – there was no collusion, there was no nothing,” he said. “It’s a disgrace, frankly, that they continue.”
“You ought to look at Hillary Clinton and you ought to look at the new book that was just put out by Donna Brazile where she basically bought the [Democratic National Committee] and she stole the election from Bernie [Sanders],” Trump continued. “So, that’s what you ought to take a look at.”
Politico on Thursday published an excerpt of Brazile’s new book about her tenure as the interim chairwoman of the DNC.
Brazile said a fundraising agreement that preceded her time in the role is “proof” the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was titled to Clinton’s advantage.
“The funding arrangement with [Clinton’s campaign] and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” she wrote.
Brazile suggested that the 2015 pact created an unfair advantage for Clinton as it gave her team power over some DNC fundraising decisions during an open presidential primary.
Sanders eventually signed on to the same arrangement, but only after Clinton had chosen to fundraise through the same partnership.
Clinton ultimately bested Sanders, an Independent, for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination before losing the White House to Trump.
Trump’s call for an investigation into the Democrats comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller probes Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.
Mueller’s probe includes potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign, and on Monday he filed the first charges related to his effort.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former protégé Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to a series of charges stemming from their work for a pro-Russia party in Ukraine.
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his past conversations with the Russians.