Trump rips Harris after she says she would prosecute him

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE bashed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE's presidential campaign after the California Democrat said her Justice Department would "have no choice" but to prosecute Trump if she were elected.

"Oh, give me a break. She’s running for president, she’s doing horribly, she’s way down in the polls," Trump said in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos broadcast Thursday.

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"I must say, Pocahontas is really cleaning her clock," he added, referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.) with a derisive nickname meant to mock her claims of Native American heritage.

Still, Trump acknowledged that he might adopt the same strategy if he were in Harris's position.

"I heard she made that statement," Trump said. "And you know what? Who wouldn’t? Probably if I were running in her position, I’d make the same statement."

Harris's campaign fired back, arguing that "Donald Trump is using the Department of Justice to run interference on his own behalf, and he's appointed an Attorney General to act like his personal defense lawyer, not the lawyer for the American people."

"Senator Harris believes no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States, and as president, she would restore an independent DOJ that values the rule of law and follows facts and evidence wherever they lead," Harris campaign spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement.

The president regularly weighs in on his potential 2020 Democratic challengers and belittles their chances at claiming their party's nomination, though he has largely avoided commenting on Harris.

Harris, a former attorney general of California, told NPR in an interview this week that she believes she would have "no choice" but to prosecute Trump for possible obstruction of justice. Harris has called for the House to launch impeachment proceedings against the president.

In his interview with ABC, Trump also dismissed a letter signed by hundreds of former federal prosecutors that asserted he would have been charged with a crime had he not been the sitting president. He argued the signatories were politically motivated, calling them "Trump haters."

"I know more about prosecutors than you’ll ever know," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "They’re politicians."

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE issued a 448-page report in April that outlined 10 "episodes" investigators examined for possible obstruction of justice involving Trump.

Mueller neither exonerated nor implicated Trump on the charge, instead saying Congress had the authority to further probe the matter.

A number of Democrats have since called for Trump's impeachment based on Mueller's findings.