Trump rips Harris after she says she would prosecute him

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE bashed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special 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 WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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.