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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 GiulianiClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani Biden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader MORE on Thursday called for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 BarrClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Democrats to seek ways to compel release of Trump whistleblower complaint Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt MORE told Congress this week that he would look into the Russia investigation's origin.