Just days ago, Kellyanne Conway made it clear that President-elect Donald Trump has no intention of pursuing legal action against Hillary Clinton despite his campaign pledge.
But now a lead House prosecutor says otherwise. According to Rep. Darrel Issa, Trump is still open to keeping his promise.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
President-elect Donald Trump said he doesn’t want to hurt his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton any more, but hasn’t declared her innocent, so she could still be prosecuted over her use of a private email server or other possible wrongdoing, Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday.
Nothing Trump has said would stop Jeff Sessions, if confirmed as attorney general, from reopening the case against Clinton and prosecuting her, Issa explained.
“I think it’s important that the president do essentially what he does, which is get out of the business of prosecuting, but at the same time he’s appointed or proposed appointing an attorney general who has a long record of doing his job,” Issa, a California Republican and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” doubling down on comments he made on the matter earlier this week.
Sessions, along with the FBI and other investigatory organizations, “need to do their job,” Issa said Friday, and he believes with Trump in office, that will happen.
“I think that’s where the balance of the next president is going to come, in reestablishing the independence of the Department of Justice,” said Issa, and he thinks Congress will “certainly push” for further investigation or prosecution of the former Secretary of State.
Meanwhile, Issa said, he thinks Trump will stand back and let the Department of Justice do its job.
“I think you are going to find a president who says let them do their job and stays out of it,” said Issa. “You know, he hasn’t said she’s innocent. That’s a decision that needs to be made by the professionals.”
That would be unlike President Barack Obama, said Issa, accusing the president of “trying to essentially jury tamper” the investigation by saying “there isn’t a smidgen of evidence” against Clinton.