Buttigieg on Harris call to prosecute Trump: DOJ 'should have nothing to do with politics'

Buttigieg on Harris call to prosecute Trump: DOJ 'should have nothing to do with politics'
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D) hesitated when asked if he agreed with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE's (D-Calif.) remarks that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE should be prosecuted when he leaves office.

CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch The Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Jake Tapper on Trump's rhetoric: 'No more dog whistles, just naked racism' MORE asked Buttigieg whether he agreed with Harris, who said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should prosecute the president for obstructing justice in the special counsel investigation after Trump leaves the White House.

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"My Justice Department will be empowered to reach its own conclusions," Buttigieg responded in the interview airing on CNN's "State of the Union." "Two things are true and clear: One, nobody is above the law, and, two, the prosecutorial process should have nothing to do with politics."

"The less this has to do with the president, the better," he continued, adding, "I believe that the rule of law will catch up with this president. It doesn't require the Oval Office putting any kind of thumb on the scale."

Buttigieg made the comments days after Harris told reporters this week that "there has to be accountability" for Trump's alleged obstruction of justice after the president leaves office.

"I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes," she told an NPR podcast. "There has to be accountability."

"I mean, look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I'll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability," Harris said, adding, "Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law."

Multiple Democrats have urged the House to begin impeachment proceedings following the release of the special counsel's report earlier this year, which found multiple instances of Trump's purported attempts to end the years-long investigation into his campaign and Russia.