Conway Says No Jail Time for Hillary Clinton, but is That Really True?
President elect Donald Trump has gone back on yet another campaign promise with the latest revelation by Kellyanne Conway speaking with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC.
Conway said that Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue… charges” against Hillary Clinton, as he promised at the final debate between the two candidates, saying: “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.”
Conway went on to explain that Trump is “thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States and things that sound like the campaign aren’t among them.”
That tactical admission from Conway shows that Trump previously insisted on finding a way to prosecute Clinton, but since transitioning into the White House, has left that campaign rhetoric behind.
Should the president elect change his mind, there are ways to leverage his authority with governmental agencies to get an investigation going. Daniel Richman, former federal prosecutor, pointed out that as “the head of the executive branch, the president has considerable sway over policy decisions, as to what kinds of cases or what types of offenses will get priority.”
Richman continued: “But a huge line has always been drawn between general priorities and specific cases, and there are a considerable number of conventions, protections and institutional frameworks in place to keep presidents out of particular cases.”
Senator Chris Murphy tweeted on the subject of presidential overreach, saying: “That’s not how this works. In our democracy, the President doesn’t decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn’t.”
Interestingly, one of Trump’s cabinet appointments could change how our democracy works; specifically Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser. Flynn led the first charge to lock up Clinton at the RNC’s convention to nominate Trump as the GOP candidate. That chant went on to become a staple at Trump rallies throughout the rest of the campaign.
And in the first interview as president elect, Trump told Leslie Stahl that he was “going to think about” pursuing prosecution of Clinton after he focuses other things like jobs, repealing Obamacare, building a wall along the Southern Border and changing US immigration policies.
Regardless of what happens in the future should President Trump decide to dig up old campaign promises, Conway said Clinton “still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy. If Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”