Donald Trump’s still forming administration has already made a very big decision on what will be done in regards to Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server during her time as Secretary of State as well as possible financial issues tied to the Clinton Foundation.
According to a Morning Joe report, Trump will not pursue any charges against Clinton going forward.
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Co-host Mika Brzezinski said, “A source with direct knowledge of Donald Trump’s thinking tells ”Morning Joe“ that the president-elect will not pursue any investigations into Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, and also for the questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation.”
It was later announced that Trump campaign manager and spokesperson Kellyanne Conway was the source speaking to Morning Joe. Conway later gave an “on the record” comment saying, “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.”
“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.”
“If Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing,” Ms. Conway said.
Trump had already been signaling a move to not pursue charges against Clinton since being elected. During a 60 Minutes interview he said, “I don’t want to hurt them [the Clintons], I don’t want to hurt them. They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”
While it sounds like Trump will likely not appoint a special prosecutor or direct his new Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to go after the Clintons, the FBI does still have an active investigation into the Clinton Foundation (the email investigation is closed). Technically, the FBI is free to carry out the investigation even against a sitting president’s wishes. This could lead to a show down between FBI Director Comey and President Trump.
However, Trump could always pardon Clinton even if she was found guilty of some future crime.
During the campaign, Trump had promised to appoint a special prosecutor to look into both Clinton’s email usage as well as contributions made to the Clinton foundation.
Here is video of the Morning Joe report: