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.”