Donald Trump said on Monday that as president he would reform the Justice Department “like it was necessary after Watergate,” comparing the Nixon scandal to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
“I will appoint an attorney general who will reform the Department of Justice like it was necessary after Watergate,” Trump said at an event in Herndon, Virginia, which was hosted by the Retired American Warriors political action committee.
He went on to suggest that the Justice Department’s integrity has been “severely questioned,” continuing his attacks on Clinton over her use of a private server during her tenure as secretary of state.
“Thirty-three thousand emails are deleted and acid-washed and nobody even knows what that means,” Trump said. “I can’t think of anything in terms of what we’re talking about much more serious than that.”
Trump has previously invoked Watergate to push birther conspiracies that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.