Former Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway told “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning that Trump will not pursue criminal investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server. Trump feels Clinton has “been through enough,” she said.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski read the breaking news before it was announced that Conway was the source.
“A source with direct knowledge of Donald Trump’s thinking tells “Morning Joe” that the president-elect will not pursue any investigations into Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, and also for the questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation.”
Conway later told “Morning Joe”:
“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.”
The announcement breaks Trump’s campaign promise to appoint a special prosecutor, including during the second presidential debate — when he also dropped the “you’d be in jail” card on Hillary.
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But during an interview with “60 Minutes” a week ago, Trump tipped his hand, suggesting to Leslie Stahl that he might not appoint a special prosecutor, after all.
“I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to hurt them. They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”
So why did he break the pledge? Conway told “Morning Joe”:
“Look, I think he’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the President of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them.”
Speaking of things that sound like the campaign, “Lock her up!” became the rallying cry against Clinton during many Trump rallies.Image Credit: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images
As for Hillary, Conway said:
“[She] still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy. If Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”
Politics is a heckuva thing. Promises are made — and broken. The American people will now take a wait-and-see attitude about what becomes of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails and the Clinton Foundation under the Trump administration.