Trump rips Harris after she says she would prosecute him

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE bashed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Biden wins endorsement of Sacramento mayor 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 WarrenTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden, Sanders tax plans would raise less revenue than claimed: studies 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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.