In a new interview, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she would have her Justice Department prosecute President Trump, should she win the election.
As NPR reports, Harris said she would “have no choice” but to prosecute her political rival.
“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” Harris told the NPR Politics Podcast, NPR reports.
She continued: “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. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”
Here’s more from the report:
The former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general said she wasn’t dissuaded by the prospect of a former American president facing trial and a potential prison sentence. “The facts and the evidence will take the process where it leads,” she said.
“I do believe that we should believe Bob Mueller when he tells us essentially that the only reason an indictment was not returned is because of a memo in the Department of Justice that suggests you cannot indict a sitting president. But I’ve seen prosecution of cases on much less evidence.”
Referencing the Supreme Court Building’s façade, Harris said, “On one side etched in the marble are the words ‘equal justice under law.’ It doesn’t say ‘except for the president.’ There you go.”
Harris cited Trump’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and his repeated dismissal of the U.S. intelligence community’s concerns about Russian interference in the 2016 election, among other things.
Trump insists that the strong economy will top all those issues in next year’s election. In the interview, Harris dismissed that view.
“There are pretty much two indicators for this president of the supposed greatness of his economy. The stock market,” said Harris. “Well, that’s fine if you own stocks. Or the jobless numbers, the unemployment numbers. Well, yeah, people are working in our country. You know what? They’re working two and three jobs, and in our America people should not have to work more than one job to be able to put food on the table and have a roof over their head. And so when we talk about the lives of real people in our country, they’re not doing better under this president and his policies.”
The comment about prospectively going after Trump came amid a larger interview which asked Harris to clarify her position on the Hyde Amendment——a policy that prevents Medicare and other federal programs from paying for abortions.
The issue repeatedly tripped up Democratic front-runner Joe Biden and other candidates have shared their opposition to it.
Harris said she did not speak for the Democrat Party at-large or on behalf of other 2020 contenders in saying she did not support it.
“The bottom line on the Hyde Amendment is that it is directly, in effect, targeting poor women and women who don’t have money,” the California Senator said.