On the campaign trail, Donald Trump declared that if elected, he would instruct his Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Trump – along with many Americans – believed Clinton’s conduct was criminal, but was given a pass by the FBI because she was the Democrat Party nominee.
And now a leading Democrat has called for Barack Obama to head Trump off and pardon Clinton to prevent any criminal charges.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson believes Obama should act now to shield Clinton from any possible future investigations.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson called for President Obama to pardon Hillary Clinton before he leaves the White House, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.
Jackson, who spoke at an anti-racism rally at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, insisted that while Clinton did nothing illegal, Obama should pardon her so the country could heal and come together.
Jackson urged Obama to follow the lead of President Gerald Ford, who pardoned Richard Nixon of any crimes he may of committed with his involvement in the break in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate hotel.
“It would be a monumental moral mistake to pursue the indictment of Hillary Clinton,” Jackson said. “Hillary Clinton has not been tried, but there are those who want to drag her for the next three years. It will not stop until they find a reason to put her in jail. That would be a travesty.”
While a pardon is not an admission of guilt, it would likely paint Clinton as a criminal in the minds of many of Americans.
When White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, was asked during a recent press briefing if Obama would pardon Clinton, he replied that Obama was still standing behind his principle that anyone seeking a pardon must apply for one, but that nothing had been ruled out yet.
USA Today reports:
“White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed last week that Obama hasn’t changed that philosophy after the election. “I wouldn’t speculate at this point about what impact that may have on hypothetical pardon requests that he receives. I’ll just say that the guidance that President Obama shared with you is still operative.”
The speculation surrounding a pardon intensified after the second Presidential debate, where Trump declared he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary if he was elected.
The Washington Post reports:
“Donald Trump said during Sunday’s presidential debate that, if elected, he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
“I didn’t think I’d say this and I’m going to say it and I hate to say it. … 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,” Trump said.
In July, FBI Director James B. Comey said that his agency would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton, but that she and her staff were “very careless” in their handling of classified information.”
In his first post-election interview, Trump sounded non-committal as to whether he would follow through on instructing his Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor.
But the nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General – who was a fierce critic of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s email server – could be a clue on how President-elect Trump intends to proceed.
So will Session’s nomination cause talk of a Presidential pardon for Clinton to intensify once again?