When Donald Trump ran for president, he gave his Democratic nemesis the name “Crooked Hillary” and vowed to name a special prosecutor to investigate the former Secretary of State's unsecured emailing of top secret information and the alleged shady dealings of the Clinton Foundation.
During the blistering campaign, supporters would chat, “Lock her up!” when Mr. Trump spoke about her “crooked” ways. But Tuesday, the Trump camp switched tacks and said that as president of the United States Trump wouldn't pursue investigations into the allegations of law breaking.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway announced on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” that the president-elect has other priorities:
"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.
If Donald Trump can help her heal then perhaps that's a good thing.
...He's thinking of many different things as he prepares to become president of the United States and things that sound like the campaign aren't among them."
But the move didn't go down well with attorney, author and outspoken Trump supporter, Ann Coulter.
Coulter took to Twitter to denounce the move:
And she said that Trump had been elected president—not the nation's top law enforcement officer:
“Did we make him [Trump] the FBI, & DOJ? His job is to pick those guys, not do their jobs.”
Still, some Trump supporters saw a silver lining:
“Ecstatic Sandy” believes that Trump knows what he's doing:
But “Always Trump” worried about politics interfering with the legal system:
"Even though the attorney general reports to the president, the Department of Justice is meant to exercise a degree of independence from the White House entirely to avoid the perception that political considerations, rather than legal ones, are behind decisions to (or to not) prosecute.
Indeed, we've seen plenty of scandals throughout American history in which presidents have wrongly politicized the Justice Department's role, and President-Elect Trump's comments don't exactly augur well for preservation of the line between law and politics over the next four years."
President Obama has also been accused of politicizing the DOJ during his tenure as president.
During the election campaign, one of the biggest complaints and concerns by Americans was that there seemed to be a two-tiered legal system—one for the high profile and politically connected, and another for everybody else.