Donald Trump Path to Hillary’s Prosecution Clears
US President Elect Donald Trump said he does not want to hurt Hillary Clinton any more, but has not declared her innocent, so she canstill be prosecuted over her use of a private e-Mail server or other possible wrongdoing, said Friday.
Nothing Trump has said would stop Jeff Sessions, if confirmed as attorney general, from reopening the case against Clinton and prosecuting her, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) explained Friday.
“I think it’s important that the president do essentially what he does, which is get out of the business of prosecuting, but at the same time he’s appointed or proposed appointing an attorney general who has a long record of doing his job,” Mr Issa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a TV interview, 2Xing down on comments he made on the matter earlier this week.
Sen Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), along with the FBI and other investigatory organizations, “need to do their job,” Mr. Issa said Friday, and he believes with Trump in office, that will happen.
“I think that’s where the balance of the next president is going to come, in reestablishing the independence of the Department of Justice,” said Mr. Issa, and he thinks Congress will “certainly push” for further investigation or prosecution of the former Secretary of State.
He said he believes that President Trump will stand back and let the Department of Justice (DOJ) do its job.
“I think you are going to find a president who says let them do their job and stays out of it,” said Mr. Issa. “You know, he hasn’t said she’s innocent. That’s a decision that needs to be made by the professionals.”
That would be unlike President Barack Hussein Obama, said Mr. Issa, accusing the lame duck President of “trying to essentially jury tamper” the investigation by saying “there isn’t a smidgen of evidence” against Mrs. Clinton.
“It’s important that this President stay out of it,” said Mr. Issa. “Trump will have the right to pardon her, pardoning is separate.”
Even FBI Director James Comey, while announcing that he did not find Mrs. Clinton’s activities to be prosecutable, did not say no laws were broken, Mr. Issa pointed out.
“He said he didn’t have the evidence to prosecute,” said Mr. Issa. “He said no prosecutor would. If he continues to do his job and if he finds the evidence necessary, this new Department of Justice is not going to have a bias from the top that the last one did.”
The Hillary Clinton case is not the only one that was subjected to interference from the White House, said Mr. Issa, as Congress wanted to bring former IRS employee Lois Lerner before a grand jury or up for prosecution over targeting Tea Party or conservative organizations with additional scrutiny and “they refused to do it.”
“It’s that kind of interference that the American people are tired of,” Mr. Issa said.
President Elect Donald Trump said during a debate earlier this year that he’d order his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor in the Clinton case, and that she would be “in jail” if he was president, making comments that came under fire from several experts while drawing cheers from his supporters.
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