...former Republican appointees to senior Justice Department posts used words like “abhorrent,” “absurd” and “terrifying” to describe Trump’s threat to use the legal system to imprison Clinton.
“For Donald Trump to say he will have a special prosecutor appointed and to have tried and convicted her already and say she’d go to jail is wholly inappropriate and the kind of talk more befitting a Third World country than it is our democracy,” said Paul Charlton, who spent a decade as a federal prosecutor before serving as U.S. attorney for Arizona under President George W. Bush.
Added Charlton: “The Department of Justice isn’t a political tool and it ought not to be employed that way.”
Another GOP lawyer, Marc Jimenez, who served on the legal team backing Bush in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court showdown and later as a Bush-appointed U.S. attorney in Miami, said he was deeply disturbed by Trump’s remarks.
The worst of Richard Nixon haunts Trump.