Dem: Trump claim he controls Justice Department ‘very scary’

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelRaces to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Lobbyist turned wine blogger vetting UN, State personnel for loyalty to Trump: report Top Oversight and Foreign Affairs Dems ask Black Cube for answers on alleged Iran deal op MORE (D-N.Y.) is condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after car accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' MORE's comments that he has the "absolute right" to do what he wants with the Department of Justice (DOJ), calling the remarks "very scary."

"He's not a king or an emperor. That's a very, very scary attitude and a scary statement," Engel said on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Friday.

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"I wish they would just leave Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat did Peter Strzok do? The strategic blunder of ‘Trump-as-Hitler’ Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries MORE alone. She lost the election, and they keep trying to drag her back as some kind of whipping gal, but that's ridiculous. We're looking to see what the president is doing or has done or what his administration is doing or has done or what his campaign is doing or has done," Engel continued. 

"The bottom line is [Robert] Mueller is there as special counsel and I want him to just work his work."

Engel's comments come after Trump told The New York Times on Thursday that he can do what he wants with the DOJ after he was asked whether he would reopen the federal probe into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server. 

"I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter," Trump told the paper. 

Many Republicans have slammed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. Some GOP lawmakers have instead called for new investigations into Clinton over emails and the Uranium One controversy. 

Despite Republican criticism of Mueller, Trump told the Times he believes the special counsel “will be fair” in the probe.