• Clinton Scandals: Let The Investigations Continue

    From Nancy Pelosi Is Also Guilty@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 5 03:58:19 2017
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    Clinton Scandals: Donald Trump now says he won't pursue Hillary
    Clinton on criminal charges for her email and Clinton Foundation
    scandals despite pledging during the campaign to name a
    special prosecutor to investigate her possible crimes and, if
    she were found guilty, to "lock up" the Democratic nominee.

    It's a smart move by the president-elect. In a sharply divided
    America, a personal vendetta is no way to start a presidency.

    During the second presidential debate in October, Trump was
    blunt about what he intended to do: "If I win, I am going to
    instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look
    into your situation because there has never been so many lies,
    so much deception."

    Now, he's having second thoughts. Just a week ago, he hinted on
    "60 Minutes" that he wouldn't pursue an investigation: "I don't
    want to hurt them. They're good people," he said of the Clintons.

    He virtually repeated that Tuesday to the New York Times,
    saying, "I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't. She
    went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."

    He also said a possible prosecution would be "very, very
    divisive for the country."

    Very statesmanlike and generous, though the media won't treat it
    that way. Besides Trump, as Hillary Clinton's opponent in the
    last election, would be unwise to spearhead an investigation of
    her. It's inappropriate for an elected official to pursue
    charges against a vanquished political foe who is now a private
    citizen, especially for what could be construed as political

    Doing so would set a nasty precedent of victors in presidential
    elections charging their political foes with crimes which is
    Banana Republic kind of stuff, not worthy of a great republic
    such as our own, which has prided itself on over 200 years of
    mostly smooth presidential transitions.

    But that said, that doesn't mean we think Hillary and Bill
    Clinton should go scot-free if crimes are found to have been
    committed. We have written extensively about the possible
    criminality in both Hillary's email server scandal and the
    Clinton Foundation's own scandal. There is ample evidence of
    criminal wrongdoing in both.

    Yet, while we agree Trump shouldn't himself do it, there are
    already investigations ongoing and they definitely should not
    be halted.

    The FBI and several U.S. Attorneys are looking into the
    possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and
    the Clinton Foundation engaged in a kind of pay-for-play
    arrangement, in which those who gave money to the foundation got
    access and favors from Hillary's State Department. If true,
    that's called graft, and it's a felony.

    So, yes, it would be unseemly and frankly foolish for Trump to
    enter office and immediately focus on a criminal investigation
    when there's far more important stuff on his agenda, ranging
    from tax and regulatory reform to the repeal of ObamaCare and
    closing our porous borders. He'll have his hands full.

    As we noted, there's already an ongoing investigation into the
    Clintons. It began under President Obama, not Trump, and it
    should not be shut down. Just because you run for president
    doesn't give you a get-out-of -jail free card. Meanwhile,
    Congress has also pledged to look into the allegations against
    the Clintons, which at minimum warrant a far deeper
    investigation, even if no criminal charges are forthcoming.
    Those who sell access to the federal government, no matter who
    they are, do not deserve clemency.

    As of now, however, neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton has been
    charged with a crime. They deserve, as all citizens do, the
    presumption of innocence. Still, the investigations already
    underway should be allowed to take their course and when
    they're completed, let the chips fall where they may.

    http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/clinton-scandals- let-the-investigations-continue/

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