Bill Clinton survived an impeachment charge that would have stripped him of his position as president, but Hillary Clinton may find herself in bigger trouble—the jail kind of trouble.
Donald Trump, who won the U.S. presidential election, has on many occasions asked government agencies to jail Clinton for her use of private servers when she was still the secretary of state. In many of his speeches, in fact, the billionaire vowed that he would take steps to put her in jail if he won the presidency.
Trump had said during the debates with Clinton that, “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation – there has never been so many lies and so much deception.”
Trump says Hillary Clinton should be in jail. Every president since Ronald Reagan would be in jail under that logic. https://t.co/FR0Gjih9m7
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 5, 2016
In two month’s time, he will take his oath as the 45th president of the U.S. The question on everybody’s minds now is: Will Donald Trump actually follow through on his threats?
Pundits said that it would not be easy to send Clinton to jail.
According to the Washington Post, the President-elect can’t simply snap his fingers and expect Clinton to be jailed.
There is a process that needs to be followed. The president would have to order his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor who will determine whether or not there was a criminal liability on the part of Clinton when she used a private server for confidential government correspondence.
If the prosecutor can find probable cause, Clinton will undergo a trial and the government will have to prove its case against her.
The FBI has already cleared the former first lady of any criminal responsibility for her actions while working at the State Department. Director James B. Comey said that no prosecutor would build a case against her based on the evidence and testimonies at hand.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 6, 2016
Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, is non-committal about the incoming administration pursuing charges against Clinton.
“I would need to discuss that with him,” she said. “I think you heard his own words last night to the extent that one man can as president and Vice President [Mike] Pence, who is phenomenal, they’re looking to unify the country. We haven’t discussed that in recent days.”
Conway said that everything would happen “in good time.”
“I think that Donald Trump proved too that even amidst a corrupt and rigged system where people are forgotten and don’t feel like they can get a fair shot, they can rise up on Election Day and express their voice,” she added.
Karen Fratti of Romper said that trying to send Clinton to jail may not be worth the trouble for the incoming administration. The billionaire wants to hit the ground running instead of trying to build a case when the FBI already said that there is none to speak of.
When it was clear that Trump was heading toward a victory, there were reports that the billionaire’s supporters started chanting, “Lock her up!”
The crowd yelled “Lock her up!” Then Trump thanked Clinton for “service to our country.” https://t.co/FcOmmAhGud
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 9, 2016
The columnist said that people who voted for Trump for the sole reason of sending Clinton to jail would end up being disappointed.
Conway said the phone call with Clinton was very cordial and her involvement in the email scandal wasn’t brought up.
“He commended her for being smart and tough and running a very hard-fought campaign,” the campaign manager said. “And I am told Secretary Clinton congratulated Trump on his victory, and conceded to him.”
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