Before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrates President-elect Donald Trump’s decision not to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her dodgy email habits, she might want to heed the warning issued Tuesday afternoon by former Attorney General John Ashcroft.
“I would hasten to mention, though, that it’s pretty well known that there are a number of other investigations regarding the Clinton Foundation,” Ashcroft, who served under President George W. Bush, told Fox News host Bill Hemmer, as noted by Newsmax.
“I don’t think that what the president-elect has said would foreclose following those investigations to an appropriate conclusion,” he continued. “And if they found that there was some sort of a prosecution or legal action that was merited there, I don’t think that what has been said today would foreclose action on those issues.”
The point was that the president-elect’s refusal to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s original scandal did not necessarily mean she was off the hook. Moreover, Ashcroft was correct in noting that Trump never said or implied he would preemptively shut down the still-ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
According to The Daily Caller, it was first revealed Tuesday morning by Trump’s transition adviser and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway that he did not intend to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.
“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,” she said, the premise being that he wished to strike a conciliatory tone.
Trump himself later confirmed this during an interview with The New York Times.
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” he maintained. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”
To appoint a special prosecutor after FBI Director James Comey already twice closed the original investigation might indeed be “vicious” and perhaps even questionable.
To allow the bureau to continue its other investigations, however, would only be fair.