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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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. 


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 GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE on Thursday called for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham 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 BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE told Congress this week that he would look into the Russia investigation's origin.