In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Ainsley
Trump, talking about the possibility of his former associates turning on him, says, "It's called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal." (via Fox) pic.twitter.com/zD8jlXmaxm
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In the interview, the president again expressed his long-standing frustration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and hinted that he may intervene in a battle between the Justice Department and Trump’s conservative allies in Congress, who have been seeking internal documents in their ongoing bid to undercut the Russia probe. Trump said, “I didn’t want to, but I think I’m going to have to. There’s such corruption.”
When asked about the possibility that Democrats would seek to impeach him if they take back the House in November, Trump said he didn’t “know how you can impeach somebody who’s done a great job.” He also suggested his removal from office would result in a severe economic downturn.
“I’ll tell you what, if I ever got impeached I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor because without this thinking,” he said, pointing to his head, “you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe in reverse.”
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The interview was also notable for what it did not include. Despite telling Sean Hannity on Wednesday that the president had said he was considering a pardon of Manafort, that exchange did not appear during the version of the interview that aired Thursday.