Republican nominee Donald Trump told his supporters that if they turn out and elect him president, then he will have the executive authority to investigate and imprison Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Oct. 21, Trump blasted Clinton during a rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, Politico reports. The business mogul called his opponent “the most corrupt politician ever to seek the office of the presidency.”
The GOP nominees’ supporters responded with chants calling for Clinton to be imprisoned, Politico reports.
“Well, let’s do this,” Trump said amid the shouting crowd. “Let’s do this. Nov. 8, let’s win. Let’s win. Let’s win.”
The business mogul added “We win, we have lots of options. But we gotta win.”
Trump appeared to imply that if he is elected into office, he would have the authority to open up an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, with the aim of finding her guilty and imprisoning her.
The business mogul indicated his intentions during the second presidential debate on Oct. 9.
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump told Clinton on the debate stage, according to The New York Times.
At his ensuing campaign rallies, Trump doubled down on his pledge to investigate Clinton, CNN reports.
On Oct. 12, the GOP nominee told his supporters during a Florida rally that Clinton “has to go to jail.”
Trump added that the lawyers who had represented Clinton during her email scandal should be imprisoned as well.
There is ambiguity over whether or not Trump could prosecute his political rival. Former attorney general Dick Thornburgh, who served during two Republican administrations, says that a President Trump would “have the power to do it, whether it’s a wise thing or not.”
Former Justice Department lawyer David B. Rivkin Jr., who had served in former President George H.W. Bush’s administration, warns that such a move could set a dangerous precedent.
“This is a manifestation of the same tendency to be willing to use the machinery of the state to go after one’s political enemies, which is very dangerous,” Rivkin said. “There is nothing historically that would be comparable.”
Sources: CNN, Politico, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr