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 ButtigiegDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Saagar Enjeti rips Buttigieg for praising Obama after misquote Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (D) hesitated when asked if he agreed with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE's (D-Calif.) remarks that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE should be prosecuted when he leaves office.

CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' 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.