Trump Biographer: President Thinks He's 'Above The Law' Because he 'Believes in Genetic Superiority'

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Michael D'Antonio, who wrote "The Truth About Trump," told Don Lemon on CNN Wednesday evening that the president thinks he's "above the law" because he was raised to believe in "genetic superiority." CNN Screenshot

President Donald Trump thinks he's "above the law" because he was raised to believe in "genetic superiority," a Trump biographer told CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday evening.

Michael D'Antonio, a CNN contributor who wrote the book The Truth About Trump, appeared on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon Thursday night to offer some insight into the president's background in evading procedure, protocol and the separation of powers.

Lemon asked D'Antonio for his take on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler's recent assertion that the president thinks of himself as a king who can do as he wishes. "Is he right? Does the president think he's above the law?" Lemon said.

"Well, he was raised to think that. The president's father would repeat to him when he was growing up, 'You're a killer, you're a king.' So this idea of some people being elevated, some people being above all others, in this case above the law, I don't think is foreign to him," D'Antonio said.

"I think it feels natural. He's someone who believes in genetic superiority. He told me, 'I don't respect most people because they're not worthy of respect.'" D'Antonio said. He added, "Why would he respect the separation of powers, checks and balances, any system that's inconvenient for him?"

Lemon noted D'Antonio's comments were "interesting" before asking panelist Frank Bruni about his latest op-ed for The New York Times, titled "Donald Trump Is Not America." In it, Bruni wrote that the president "envies Orbán, Putin and their ilk. They don't have to deal with so much disrespect and dissent. They just crush it. His designs on Independence Day calls to mind those sorts of leaders: their vanities, shamelessness and equation of national interest with self-interest."

Bruni, a longtime Times columnist, told Lemon, "Everything is about Trump. Most presidents see their role as lifting up the country. I think Donald Trump sees what he deserves as the country lifting up him."

He went on: "That's just a partial list of the world leaders whom he perversely admires. He has praised and cozied up to the leader of North Korea, leader of the Philippines, leader of Saudi Arabia—people who have terrible, terrible human rights records. But whatever they have in common, they have the ability to decree adulation, to subvert the Democratic process and to utterly crush dissent. And he envies that, because in his perfect world that's what he'd have here in America."

These comments came amid escalating tensions between the White House and House Democrats as the Trump administration continues to evade the latter's request for documents in its sweeping investigations into possible obstruction of justice by the president and those around him.

On Wednesday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone accused the House Judiciary Committee of attempting to re-create special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

"It appears that the Committee's inquiry is designed, not to further a legitimate legislative purpose, but rather to conduct a pseudo law enforcement investigation on matters that were already the subject of the Special Counsel's long-running investigation and are outside the constitutional authority of the legislative branch," Cipollone wrote in a letter to Nadler.

He continued: "Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized 'do-over' of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice."

Nadler responded by sternly accusing the Trump administration of "claiming the president is king."

"No president, no person in the United States is above the law. This is preposterous," Nadler told CNN. "They are saying we should end the investigation. We are not ending the investigation. If we were to agree to that, then no president would ever be subject to any kind of investigation for misconduct of any type."