During the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump said he would prosectute Hillary Clinton for her various crimes. On Wednesday, The White House opened the door to a pardon for crimes she may have committed in connection with her secret server.
The clemency declaration would have to be worded such that it protects her from prosecution for potential violations tied to the Clinton Foundation. A dismissal of potential crimes that wide-reaching would leave a mark on Obama’s reputation. Back in 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor to the White House, Richard Nixon.
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Ford did it for any crimes that Nixon may have committed against the country while he served as president.
At the time, he justified his decision by claiming that an extensive trial would have further polarized the country. Clinton’s husband’s departure from the White House was overshadowed when he granted Marc Rich, a fugitive at the time, clemency on his last day in office. Rich’s ex-wife made a large donation to the Clinton Library and was a high-dollar Democratic donor.
In recent months, Republicans have alleged that the senator violated the law, and are pushing to put her behind bars. Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, two of Trump’s possible picks for attorney general, have openly advocated for a re-do.
President-elect Donald Trump had vowed during the campaign for the White House that he’d appoint a ‘special prosecutor’ to handle the investigation into Clinton and her private email server. He even told Clinton during a debate that if he were president, she’d ‘be in jail.’ Clinton subsequently told DailyMail.com she had ‘no concerns’ that would ever happen.
Since winning higher office in the wee hours of the morning Trump has not spoken about his designs for Clinton. He used a victory speech in the wee hours of the morning to highlight the hard work of Giuliani and other members of his team.
His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on a series of morning shows Wednesday that the subject hadn’t come up.
‘We have not discussed that at all, and he certainly did not discuss that on his brief phone call with Mrs. Clinton,’ she said on MSNBC.
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