Ex-Clinton campaign aide fears Trump could 'weaponize the federal government' against next nominee

A former Clinton campaign aide said that he fears that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE could "weaponize" the federal government against the eventual 2020 Democratic nominee. 

“Last time, he had the right-wing conspiracy media to boost his chants of 'lock her up,' but this time he's going to actually weaponize the federal government against our nominee,” Jesse Ferguson, a senior spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, told Politico in an article published Friday. 

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The news outlet reports that some campaign aides believe that next year Trump could use a strategy similar to his “Crooked Hillary” mantra in 2016. 

The president has repeatedly called for government investigations of his rivals, beginning with Clinton.

Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiKamala Harris can deliver a punch — we'll soon see if she can take one Heavy loss by female candidate in Republican NC runoff sparks shock Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide MORE on Thursday called for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE's alleged conflicts of interest. Giuliani's statement follows the Wednesday publication of a New York Times article that discusses Biden's efforts to pressure Ukraine to dismiss a prosecutor accused of corruption.  

Biden’s younger son, Hunter Biden, served on the board of a company the prosecutor was probing, the Times reported. The Biden campaign told the newspaper that Hunter Biden's work was not connected to his father's efforts. 
 
Giuliani has also proposed investigating the Biden-Ukraine incident as part of an investigation into how the probe into potential ties between Trump and Russia began, according to Politico. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrImmigration advocacy groups sue Trump administration over asylum restrictions Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Groups sue Trump admin over new asylum restrictions MORE told Congress this week that he would look into the Russia investigation's origin.