One of the campaign promises of President-elect, Donald Trump, was to jail Hillary Clinton if he won the elections. According to the Daily Mail, Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to answer a question Wednesday on whether the president-in-waiting would be appointing a special prosecutor to review Clinton’s emails and if a pardon would be offered to the 69-year-old former Secretary of State.
“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons. And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals. That’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, granting an interview to FOX News, asked for Obama not to meddle in the case, but allow the legal process follow its course.
“President Obama should leave it to the system we all believe in to determine if she’s innocent or if she’s guilty.”
Giuliani who is being touted as the nation’s attorney general in Trump’s cabinet said it was not about settling political scores, but following due process, adding that the President-elect had talked about getting an independent prosecutor and not leave the case to a more-partisan attorney general.
The 72-year-old said there was also the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation to worry about. He warned pardoning Clinton would “seal Obama’s legacy of being one of the worst presidents,” adding that if Clinton is let off the hook for her crimes, there was no license to prosecute anyone who committed similar offenses.
Hillary Clinton had been entangled in the email controversy for over 12 months. The investigation was reopened by the F.B.I. just days before the elections before it was closed again. Some political pundits claim that the timing was terrible and may have negatively impacted many voters as they went to the polls.
Will Barack Obama go ahead to pardon the former U.S. senator even though the F.B.I. found no evidence of criminality? The president might leave it alone, but there is the also the matter of the Clinton Foundation. The Democratic Party presidential candidate has been accused of receiving big money donations from countries in the Middle East in return for personal meetings and policy favors while she was secretary of state. According to the Inquisitr, the Clinton Foundation allegedly also covered the expenses for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.
There has been no investigation into the foundation, but the Republican president could push for one. Legal experts believe that a presidential pardon that would cover all the bases and leave Clinton untouchable might be a difficult one. According to them, a convoluted clemency declaration could tarnish the reputation of America’s first black president.
People have been pardoned by pardoned by prior presidents before. In 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for all the crimes he committed as president. Richard Nixon, who was at the center of the Watergate scandal, was not put on trial because Ford said it would have polarized the nation. On his last day in office, Bill Clinton also pardoned fugitive Marc Rich, a huge financier of the Democratic Party.
Trump has not said anything about Clinton being investigated after he was confirmed as the winner of the Tuesday elections. His victory speech mainly paid homage to the people who helped him win the race to the White House.
His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, on a slew of morning shows Wednesday, said the issue had not been brought up with anybody, including Clinton, when she called to congratulate and concede the elections to Trump.
“We have not discussed that at all, and he certainly, did not discuss that on his brief phone call with Mrs. Clinton. I think you heard his words last night—they’re looking to unify the country.”
A spokesman for the Obama administration said in the wake of the victory and that the F.B.I. had said there were no charges to face, and he believed the president-elect would move from Clinton and face matters important to the American people. He added that the justice system had never been used to exert political revenge on a rival before.
“We have a long tradition in this country of people in power not using the criminal justice system to enact political revenge. In fact we go a long way to insulate the criminal justice system from partisan politics.”
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