Has President-Elect Donald Trump just broken one of his campaign promises by saying he won’t be going after Hillary Clinton? Today a Breitbart headline led people to believe that he did. The article was titled “BROKEN PROMISE: Trump ‘Doesn’t Wish to Pursue’ Clinton Email Charges.” But it strikes a different tone when quoting Kellyanne Conway. “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,” she said.
Rather than further dividing and angering more of the country, Trump has decided not to waste time on going after Hillary Clinton, who will probably never be involved in politics ever again, let alone become President. Politically it’s a good move for Trump if he’s trying to heal the divide within our nation. Now that he has bigger fish to fry such as foreign affairs and the economy, going after Clinton personally as President probably won’t win many people over anyway. During talks with the New York Times on Tuesday when asked if he was taking prosecution off of the table, Trump said “no.” But he went on to say “I think it would be very, very divisive for the country.”
Obviously the campaign rhetoric will disappoint those who take Trump literally, but he is serious about going after her should they find evidence of criminal activity — he’s appointing Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, after all. Political talk show host Bill Mitchell has an interesting take on what Trump is doing by announcing he’s backing away from going after Clinton.
Jeff Sessions has a proven record as Attorney General and Senator of Alabama. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated unshakable commitment and fidelity to the Constitution, the rule of law, and protecting the freedom and liberty that is our birthright as Americans. If the FBI recommends indictment should something come up in the Clinton Foundation case, Jeff Sessions will not hesitate to follow through with that.
To add, it would have actually never been up to Trump to appoint a special prosecutor. In fact a demand to prosecute Clinton would be a breach of protocol. And although Sessions has been vocal about wanting to keep the Justice Department independent from a political agenda, he would be the one with the power to appoint a special prosecutor.