On the campaign trail, now President-elect Donald Trump promised to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes. As many suspected, the White House confirmed that they are open to a pardon for Clinton.
During Wednesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest discussed the possibility of pardoning Clinton -although she hasn’t been charged with anything at this point.
“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” Earnest told reporters.
“And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals and that’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations,” he continued.
In addition to Clinton’s use of private servers to send and receive classified information, there have also been reports about the investigation of pay-to-play schemes at the Clinton Foundation.
The New York Post reported on a potential precedent for a pardon even though Clinton has not yet been charged:
But when President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon, in 1974, it was for any crimes Nixon might have committed against the US while he was president.
Ford justified his decision by claiming that a long, drawn-out trial would only have further polarized the nation.
On the campaign trail, Trump said he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s crimes and on Wednesday, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested this was still something that could happen.
Obama should not pardon Clinton, and if he doesn’t, Trump should keep his campaign promise.