Despite multiple campaign promises to the contrary, President-elect Donald Trump no longer plans to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton in relation to her email scandal and Clinton Foundation dealings, a top aide confirms.
Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, now a senior advisor to his transition, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday that PEOTUS is not interested in ordering a further investigation into his former campaign 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,” she said when asked whether Trump will encourage fellow Republicans to stay away from the issue and focus more on their “legislative agenda.”
Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state caused much controversy throughout the 2016 presidential election. Initially, FBI Director James Comey closed the investigation into Clinton’s server usage with a recommendation that “no charges” were appropriate. Just ahead of the election, however, Comey announced a renewed probe related to emails found on Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s personal computer. Ultimately, the FBI stood by its decision that no charges were warranted.
During the second presidential debate in October — ahead of the FBI’s surprise, extended investigation — Trump promised to “instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into [Clinton’s] situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.”
If Trump had followed through on the charge, it would have marked the first time in modern history that a sitting president used the attorney general to prosecute a rival, Time reported.
The plan inspired a popular chant among Trump supporters — “Lock her up” — which was heard at the president-elect’s victory party.
Said Conway on Tuesday, “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.”
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In a Tuesday address with the press pool at Trump Tower, former New York City mayor and Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani further addressed the topic, saying, “Look there’s a tradition in American politics that after you win an election, you sort of put things behind you.”
“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,” he continued. “So if he made that decision, I would be supportive of it. I’d also be supportive of continuing the investigation. I think the president elect had a tough choice there, you could go either way. If he made the choice to unite the nation, I think, all those people who didn’t vote against him, maybe, could take another look at him.”