Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton that he would sic his Department of Justice on her if elected from the stage of the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri Sunday night.
“If I win, I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception,” the Republican nominee threatened his opponent.
“We’re going to get a special prosecutor because people have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you’ve done,” Trump continued, referring to her use of a private email server as secretary of state. “And it’s a disgrace and honestly, you ought to be ashamed.”
Trump was on the offensive at the debate after an unprecedented 48 hours in the tumultuous 2016 race that saw some of his Republican supporters jump ship over a leaked 2005 tape of Trump saying he groped women without their consent.
Clinton replied that “everything” Trump said about her emails was “absolutely false.”
Supporters of both candidates broke the debate rules to applaud loudly for their nominees’ comments.
“I told people it would be impossible be fact-checking Donald all the the time,” Clinton went on. “I’d never get to talk about anything I want to do or how we’re going to make lives better for people.”
The Democratic nominee urged voters to go to her campaign site to fact-check her opponent’s comments, before saying it was “awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country.”
“Because you’d be in jail,” Trump fired back, to audience applause.
Former attorney general Eric Holder commented on Trump’s “dangerous” comments on Twitter, noting that the president does not typically order the head of the Justice Department to pursue a personal vendetta.
So @realDonaldTrump will ORDER his AG to take certain actions-When Nixon tried that his AG courageously resigned. Trump is dangerous/unfit
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 10, 2016