Apparently even a lot more than we thought at the time of our first post on the topic. Because the president is on the topic again…this time with Politico!

President Donald Trump told POLITICO on Friday that it would be “appropriate” for him to speak to Attorney General Bill Barr about launching an investigation into his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden, or his son, Hunter.

The question of whether Trump could pressure Barr to probe Biden is coming under scrutiny after Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said he would be traveling to Ukraine to urge the incoming government there to look at Hunter Biden’s involvement with a Ukrainian energy company that has reportedly been in prosecutors’ crosshairs. The efforts appear to be part of a broader campaign by Trump’s allies to damage the former Democratic vice president’s White House campaign and have raised questions about whether Trump’s team is trying to enlist a foreign government to aid the president’s re-election bid.

“Certainly it would be an appropriate thing to speak to him about, but I have not done that as of yet. … It could be a very big situation,” Trump said in a 15-minute telephone interview on Friday afternoon, which stemmed from POLITICO’s inquiries for a separate story.

Not surprising for a candidate who encouraged ‘lock her up’ chants during his rallies on the 2016 campaign trail. But apparently the Biden campaign is getting under the president’s skin. And this little side show also may explain this:

Barr also drew attention during his recent congressional testimony when he demurred on a question about whether anybody in the White House had ever suggested that he launch an investigation.

That should elicit a big ‘hmmmm’ from anyone paying attention. And it remains to be seen if President Trump will ‘suggest’ that the Justice Department look into any of his other opponents. That will be worth keeping an eye on.

Several former national security and law enforcement officials took issue later Friday with the president’s comment that he was within his right to approach Barr about a possible Biden investigation.

“Past Republican and Democratic administrations alike have recognized the critical importance of the wall of separation between the White House and DOJ when it comes to criminal investigations,” said Matt Axelrod, a former senior Obama Justice Department official. “This president’s belief that he can instruct the Attorney General to investigate his political rival is a wild break from past precedent and would represent a dangerous assault on the rule of law.”

Susan Hennessey, a former attorney at the National Security Agency wrote on Twitter after this story published that Trump’s comment was a “disturbing development people should pay attention to.”

The president’s one saving grace in this nonsense…well at least so far…is crazy Rudy Giuliani seems to the raging force behind this. But that in itself brings up a lot of other questions…which I don’t have the patience to sort out this afternoon.

(and let’s see if this brings out the troll bots again)

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