ALERT: Trump’s STUNNING Move About Hillary Scandals May Not Be What It Seems


Is President-elect Donald Trump’s first big battle with the Republican Congress going to be over Hillary Clinton’s reputation?

In another bizarre twist to the already bizarre political year of 2016 — and one that has outraged the president-elect’s anti-Clinton base — key Trump aide Kellyanne Conway says the incoming administration has no plans to pursue investigations into the private email server Hillary Clinton used when she was secretary of state.

And while word on that no-go position by Trump in getting to the bottom of the Clinton email scandal as well as Clinton Foundation offenses has been met with shock on the right, it doesn’t mean the matter is closed by a long shot — or that Trump isn’t getting something out of the deal.

A slew of pundits across the political spectrum — liberal and conservative — predicted a “Republican civil war” after this year’s election, but this was definitely not supposed to be a cause of it.

The stunning moment came on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Tuesday, after hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough broke the news from a “source” close to Trump that the president-elect was not interested in pursuing an investigation of his former rival for the presidency.

Conway confirmed the story in an appearance shortly afterward – in what appeared to be a message directed at the Republican House and Senate majorities.

“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 to the members,” Conway said.

Conway then made it sound like an act of charity on Trump’s part. Besides, she implied, an incoming administration has more important things to worry about than the battles of the past.

“I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing,” she said.

“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 aren’t among them.”

The decision is likely to stand, as far as the executive branch goes.

The incoming Trump administration has the fig leaf of the FBI’s twice-concluded probe to hide behind, so the new Trump Justice Department can let Clinton slide without batting another eye — even if hardliner Jeff Sessions becomes the next attorney general. (Quite possibly Trump’s change of heart about prosecuting Hillary has to do with getting the Sessions nomination approved by the Senate.)

But Congress might have other ideas about what Conway called Trump’s “message, tone and content.”

A lot of Americans, especially Democrat members of Congress, seem to have forgotten during the imperial presidency of Barack Obama that Congress is a branch of power equal to the presidency (more powerful in some ways). If the Republicans who hold a majority in both houses decide they want to continue to investigate Clinton, there’s nothing stopping them.

And Republicans after Trump’s election certainly sounded determined to go ahead, which could be the overarching master plan that Trump can use to his political advantage.

Whether the subject is Clinton’s email server, the alleged “pay-to-play” scheme Hillary had going with the State Department to benefit her family’s “charity,” the Clinton Foundation, or the general cloud of corruption that’s surrounded the Clintons for the 25 years they’ve been on the national stage, there’s plenty of fodder to feed any number of criminal probes.

As Rep. Jason Chaffetz told the Washington Post shortly after Trump’s unexpected victory, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform he chairs has a duty to continue the Clinton email investigation.

“It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss [the email investigation] because she’s not going to be president,” he said.

Obviously, the news of Trump’s decision caused outrage among his strongest supporters, where “lock her up” was a fervent campaign chant at numerous Trump rallies.

Breitbart News, a conservative-leaning website once helmed by Trump’s newly named chief strategist Steve Bannon, headlined its coverage with “Broken Promise: Trump ‘Doesn’t Wish To Pursue’ Clinton Email Charges.”

Some social media reaction was angry and disappointed.

Pamela Geller, the anti-Muslim activist and staunch Trump supporter, suggested the president-elect was being played for a fool. 

And while I understand that this may very well be an olive branch to the Democrats, Trump is in for a rude awakening. There will be no quid pro quo. The Democrats will not play ball with him or give him an easier time or stop the violent rioting or calm their base. Like jihadis, they see kindness and peace offerings as signs of weakness.

I am sure many Trump supporters whose chant, “lock her up!,” is now a rallying cry for government corruption and lawlessness, will be hugely disappointed.

In a statement, Judicial Watch, the watchdog group that has been a leader of the fight in the Clinton email case — filing numerous Freedom of Information Act requests that opened new avenues of investigation — attacked the decision, and demanded Trump appoint a special prosecutor to look into the case.

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, DC.  President-elect Trump should focus on healing the broken justice system, affirm the rule of law and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton scandals.

But consider this: By taking the “hands-off” position with any further investigation of Hillary by the executive branch — and letting Congress continue to dig up evidence — Trump could have the best of both worlds. He could be seen as a “healer” focused on the future of the country, while making sure that the Clintons are kept in check by congressional inquiry.

Whatever Congress does in the face of executive branch disapproval is going to be up to Congress. Chaffetz, Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and their colleagues haven’t been intimidated by a Democrat named Barack Obama in the White House, it’s not likely they’re going to be intimidated by a Republican named Donald Trump.

The “Republican civil war” was supposed to be about how the party lost to Hillary Clinton, who would have guessed it would be what do to with her if she was defeated instead?

ALERT: Trump’s STUNNING Move About Hillary Scandals May Not Be What It Seems

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