Politics

Donald Trump Will Not Prosecute Hillary Clinton

| by John Freund

President-elect Donald Trump has decided not to further investigate former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for alleged crimes related to her email scandal once he takes office.  

CNN reports that former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway announced that Trump has officially decided not to pursue any new charges against his former rival.  

"I think when the President-elect, who's also the head of your party, tells you before he's even inaugurated that he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content," Conway said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Trump’s refusal to further investigate Clinton may be seen as a broken promise by some, given the fact that he led lock-her-up cheers at his rallies, and even announced during the second debate that if elected, he would hire a special prosecutor to "look into her situation."

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Conway said Clinton "still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don't find her to be honest or trustworthy," but added that "if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that's a good thing to do."

She added: "Look, I think he's thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the President of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them.” 

Clinton’s email scandal revolved around her use of a private server during her time as Secretary of State, which allegedly put national security files at risk of being hacked. Clinton also faced accusations that her charitable Clinton Foundation was used as a "pay for play" entity, where foreign leaders would donate in order to receive face time with the Secretary of State.  

Trump used the controversies to bring up jailing Clinton on the campaign trail.  "Remember I said I was a counter-puncher? I am," Trump said at a San Jose rally in June, referencing an anti-Trump speech Clinton gave. "After what she said about me today, her phony speech, that was a phony speech. It was a Donald Trump hit job. I will say this: Hillary Clinton has to go to jail, ok? ... She's guilty as hell."

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However, Trump seemed to back away from those statements once he was elected.  In his first post-election interview, he told CBS' "60 Minutes" show:  "I feel I want to focus on jobs. I want to focus on healthcare, I want to focus on the border and immigration and doing a really great immigration bill. And I want to focus on -- all of these other things that we've been talking about."

Reactions to Trump’s decision were mostly negative on Facebook. 

One user wrote, “What a surprise! You know why? Because there is nothing to find. The FBI cleared her already, it was all rhetoric and to hurt Clinton. He accomplished that. And unfortunately people believed him.”

Another added, “Get ready Trumpies, there will be lots of broken promises coming your way lol.” 

It remains to be seen whether Trump will keep other, more substantive campaign promises, such as a border wall and the repeal of Obamacare. 

Sources: CNN, CNN/Facebook / Photo credit: NBC News

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