Donald Trump is backing down on one of his biggest campaign promises: prosecuting Hillary Clinton
On Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway confirmed the Trump Administration will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton.
This is a far cry from what Trump said at his campaign events.
“Lock her up! Lock her up!” was the chant at Trump’s rallies.
Trump himself even told Hillary she’d be in jail:
“If I win,” he said at the Oct. 9 debate, “I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception.” He continued: “[W]e’re going to get a special prosecutor because people have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you’ve done.”
When Clinton gave her response—“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country”—Trump jumped in with a quip:
“Because you’d be in jail.”
Well, the election’s over; Trump won, but the drip-drip-drip of Hillary’s emails keep coming out.
Judicial Watch just released another 508 pages of documents that shows conflicts of interest between Clinton’s State Department and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, McClatchyDC is reporting.
The conservative group, along with Citizens United and a number of news outlets have filed several lawsuits demanding the emails of Clinton and her top aides while she was the country’s top diplomat. These releases are expected to continue to come out through 2018, apparently.
But after the election, in his first major interview, Trump seemed to backtrack a bit on whether to go after Hillary Clinton. He called them “good people.”
“I’m going to think about it… I don’t want to hurt them,” he said.
Then, Tuesday morning, this tweet from Joe Scarborough of MSNBC:
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) November 22, 2016
Later on the program, Conway said: “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 to the members,” Conway said.
“And I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that the majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest and trustworthy. But if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that is a good thing. Look, I think he’s thinking of many different things as he is preparing to become president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign aren’t among them.”
What do you think he should do?