Trump is pressed if he has definitively ruled out prosecuting Hillary Clinton. “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Courtesy of CNN:“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, would join crowds of his supporters in chants of "lock her up!" and said to her face during a debate that if he were president, "you'd be in jail." But now that he actually will be president, Trump says he won't recommend prosecution of Clinton, who he told New York Times reporters has "suffered greatly." What's more, he said the idea of prosecuting Clinton is "just not something I feel very strongly about."
You may remember that at one point in the debates Trump suggested that if he were president he would appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary and put her in prison.
Which of all the stupid things he said was perhaps one of the stupidest, since a president does not determine who the Justice Department investigates, and attempting to imprison a political rival is something they only do in third world countries.
And of course Russia.
As you might imagine this change of heart did not go over well with those who supported Trump during the campaign:
“Broken Promise,” blared Breitbart, the conservative website that promoted Mr. Trump’s candidacy and gave him the mastermind of his campaign, Stephen K. Bannon. The conservative provocateur Ann Coulter was no more subtle.
Judicial Watch, the conservative legal organization that has doggedly pursued Mrs. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, also chimed in:
“Donald Trump must commit his administration to a serious, independent investigation of the very serious Clinton national security, email, and pay-to-play scandals. If Mr. Trump’s appointees continue the Obama administration’s politicized spiking of a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton, it would be a betrayal of his promise to the American people to “drain the swamp” of out-of-control corruption in Washington.”
I think these people better start getting used to being disappointed, because I have a feeling that this is only the beginning of Donald Trump letting them down.
Which I guess would put them in the same camp as the rest of us who are totally disappointed by this election.