‘Lock Her Up!’ Was Bullshit: Donald Trump Backpedals, Says He Will Not Pursue Charges Against Hillary Clinton
President Elect Donald Trump knows the power of a good chant. “Build the wall!” “Mexico will pay!” “Handcuffs for Hillary!” “Lock her up!” “Crooked Hillary!” were all staples of his massive 25,000+ rallies, becoming neo-con war cries that helped propel him to public office.
In the second Presidential debate, Trump threatened Clinton hard, insinuating that he wanted to throw her in jail if he won the election: “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”
Now his campaign manager is saying that’s not going to happen, at least not from the Office Of The President (which doesn’t have the power to do such a thing in the first place). via CNN:
President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will not pursue further investigations of Hillary Clinton related to her private email server or the Clinton Foundation, Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday, a significant break from a major campaign promise.
“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.”
Backpedal against your campaign promises much, Donald? That’s a pretty big flip-flop. The people who screamed “Lock her up!” at your rallies expect exactly that from you, regardless of due process or how the system *actually* works. But more importantly, let’s get back to the point that the Executive Branch doesn’t call these shots in our democracy, as Senator Murphy from Connecticut puts it:
A White House directive to close an F.B.I. criminal investigation would be highly unusual. The bureau and the Justice Department are supposed to conduct investigations free from political influence. There are instances when the White House does have a say in investigations, but they involve national security matters such as the arrest and capture of terrorism suspects overseas or the indictment of Chinese hackers. Those are decisions that could have global ramifications.
“It does seem like an extraordinary breach of protocol for him to get involved in that decision,” said Glen A. Kopp, a former federal prosecutor in New York. “I know of no recent circumstances when the president ordered an attorney general not to pursue a criminal matter.”
The new president’s decision is likely to frustrate investigators at the F.B.I., who are fiercely protective of their independence to follow the facts that they uncover. A declaration from Mr. Trump that he wanted inquiries about Mrs. Clinton to stop could be seen as unwarranted presidential meddling into an investigation.
Although the email investigation is closed, the F.B.I. still has an open inquiry into the Clinton Foundation. That inquiry was begun after the publication in 2015 of the book “Clinton Cash,” which asserted that some foreign entities gave money to the foundation in return for State Department favors when Mrs. Clinton was in office. The Clintons have denied those assertions.
After that statement from the Trump camp, many conservative voices are understandably irked. When Donald Trump said he’d put “crooked” Hillary Clinton in prison if he was president, they thought he *actually* meant it.
Thinking ahead a bit, it kind of makes me wonder what are Trumpkins going to do when there’s not a trillion dollar wall along the southern border in four years?