Dem: Trump claim he controls Justice Department ‘very scary’

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelState Department: Allegations of racism 'disgusting and false' The stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms Overnight Defense: Trump tells veterans he will 'stand up for America' | McConnell, Ryan say Putin not welcome on Capitol Hill | Mattis tries to explain Trump's Iran tweet MORE (D-N.Y.) is condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE's comments that he has the "absolute right" to do what he wants with the Department of Justice (DOJ), calling the remarks "very scary."

"He's not a king or an emperor. That's a very, very scary attitude and a scary statement," Engel said on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Friday.

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"I wish they would just leave Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE alone. She lost the election, and they keep trying to drag her back as some kind of whipping gal, but that's ridiculous. We're looking to see what the president is doing or has done or what his administration is doing or has done or what his campaign is doing or has done," Engel continued. 

"The bottom line is [Robert] Mueller is there as special counsel and I want him to just work his work."

Engel's comments come after Trump told The New York Times on Thursday that he can do what he wants with the DOJ after he was asked whether he would reopen the federal probe into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server. 

"I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter," Trump told the paper. 

Many Republicans have slammed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. Some GOP lawmakers have instead called for new investigations into Clinton over emails and the Uranium One controversy. 

Despite Republican criticism of Mueller, Trump told the Times he believes the special counsel “will be fair” in the probe.