During his first televised, sit-down interview as president-elect, Donald Trump told CBS News’ Leslie Stahl on Sunday that he was re-thinking the whole “lock her up” thing in regards to Hillary Clinton and her e-mails.
“I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to hurt them,” he said of the Clintons. “They’re good people.”
Umm. Wutt? Friendly reminder: Neither Hillary Clinton nor her husband are “good people.” In fact, they’re as nasty as two people can get. But Trump already knows that, because he spent the entire campaign repeatedly assuring his supporters he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of State to hold her accountable to the law.
When pressed as to whether he would make good on his campaign promises and appoint a special prosecutor, he said: “I don’t want to hurt them… And I will give you an answer, a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”
So what’s causing the hesitation? Not that long ago, Trump said Hillary would “be in jail” if he were elected. He repeatedly decried FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the investigation, telling everyone Comey’s decision to clear Hillary is a sign the judicial system is rigged in her favor.
He’s not wrong. Hillary Clinton put national security at risk by sending and receiving top secret information to and from her e-mail server, which was housed in a bathroom and less secure than a Gmail account. Comey himself publicly stated the former secretary was “extremely careless” in how she and her staff handled government secrets — she even put the lives of U.S. intelligence assets at risk.
The likely reason Clinton used the private server in the first place was to conceal a pay-for-play scheme at the State Department. It appears Clinton may have doled out favors and face time in her capacity as secretary and in exchange would get fat checks written to her family’s slush fund. Yet Hillary Clinton was never brought to justice for her actions. In fact, the U.S. attorney general said she would not indict Hillary for breaking the law. Coincidentally, Lynch’s announcement came on the heels of a secret meeting with Hillary’s husband aboard a private airplane on a tarmac in Phoenix, causing many to question the integrity of the investigation.
President Obama himself derided Comey for re-opening the investigation into Hillary after more e-mails were found and then telling us all to forget about it just 48 hours before Election Day. Despite his criticisms of the FBI director, Obama never once attempted to put the investigation into someone else’s hands, because doing so would mean he would be implicated due to the e-mails he sent Clinton’s private server under a code name.
So to recap, the entire investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails is tainted from the top down. Because the FBI and the DOJ both serve at the behest of President Obama, who is also involved, it’s unlikely a clean and fair investigation into her server would come as a result. A special prosecutor — someone completely independent from the political ramifications of the matter — would be the best solution for the sake of justice.
The Clintons, who have managed to evade the law for decades, deserve to be brought to justice. Failure to deliver on his promises to punish dirty politicians who prioritize their own interests over the public good makes Trump part of the problem and aligns himself on the side of the political elites whom he ran against. Let’s hope Trump realizes this and decides to keep his word by holding the Clintons accountable for their actions.