President-elect Donald Trump sees no reason to seek charges against Hillary Clinton
President-elect Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and now member of his transition team Kellyanne Conway said he would not be pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton related to her private email server or her foundation.
“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 fellow Republicans, Conway said in an interview on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe.”
The decision is a break from his campaign promise to bring charges against the former democratic presidential nominee, according to CNN.
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.”
“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,” she added.
This comes after the FBI announced on November 7th that it had found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing so no charges were brought against her use of a private email server. James Comey, the FBI director, said the FBI had not changed its conclusions from its first report on Mrs Clinton in July.
Conservatives were very upset with President-elect Trump’s choice not to go after charges against Hillary Clinton and they let him know.
Breitbart News, the website with deep ties to the white nationalist “alt-right” brand of conservatism, plastered the reversal as a “broken promise.”
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter accused Trump of “blocking investigators from doing their jobs.” She clearly want to see charges brought from the FBI against Clinton.
It’s not the first time Coulter disagrees with Trump. In August, she criticized his “softening” stance on immigration after the billionaire developer said he would work with “upstanding” illegal immigrants on a plan to have them stay in the country.
Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the most vocal people on the campaign trail to go after Clinton seems to have followed the lead of his soon to be new boss, as there is no doubt he will serve in some capacity in the Trump administration.
Look, there’s a tradition in American politics that after you win an election, you sort of put things behind you,” Giuliani told reporters at Trump Tower in New York. “And if that’s the decision he reached, that’s perfectly consistent with sort of a historical pattern of things come up, you say a lot of things, even some bad things might happen, and then you can sort of put it behind you in order to unite the nation.
“If he made that decision, I would be supportive of it,” he added. “I’d also be supportive of continuing the investigation.”
It remains to be seen if Congress will follow President-elect Trumps lead and not go after Clinton. They would only do so if they thought they could bring charges forward that would lead to a conviction. Something they have not been able to do.
Some quotes used in the story came from NBC News.