Trump this past spring reportedly told then-White House counsel Don McGahn of his desire to prosecute the pair, prompting McGahn to rebuff the president, saying he did not have the authority to do so.
McGahn later told the president that he did have the authority, but warned that such a request would likely elicit accusations of abuses of power, the Times reported.
McGahn then promised to send a memo outlining the president’s authorities, which he had White House lawyers compose. The memo warned that asking for the prosecutions could lead to Trump’s impeachment or other negative repercussions. – READ MORE