(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will break a campaign promise and not pursue further investigations of Hillary Clinton related to her private email server or the Clinton Foundation, Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday.
“I think when the President-elect, who’s also the head of your party, tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content” to fellow Republicans, Conway said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”Trump’s decision represents a significant break from a major campaign promise — at the second presidential debate in early October, Trump threatened Clinton, saying that “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”
This is a political decision. One can see Trump’s advisers telling him, “she won the popular vote and angering her supporters will make it difficult for you to get things done.” But one of the reasons Trump won was the palpable disgust that many Americans have for the Two Americas where the rules don’t apply to the rich and powerful. Clinton needs to be prosecuted for the simple reason that she is a crook and we live in a nation of laws. Or, at least, we used to.
All of Trump’s quick reversals are starting to remind me of the old joke about the Devil showing the beachfront and delivering fire and brimstone, with the punchline “that was sales, this is customer service.”