President-elect Donald Trump will most likely stand aside and allow his incoming attorney general and the FBI determine whether Hillary Clinton will face prosecution over her use of a private email server and for the activities of the Clinton Foundation, despite saying he does not plan to seek her prosecution, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Wednesday.
"I think the president-elect is in a good position to create a balance between the last administration that clearly interfered – made statements about guilt or innocence vs. the compassionate statements the president-elect made," the California Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.
"There is a distinction . . . Judge the president-elect by his actual actions of the people he's putting in place, not by his show of compassion."
Trump's proposed attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is a "hard-charging individual" who pushed through desegregation laws in his state and prosecuted a Klansman, Issa said, and he believes Trump has made the right decisions on Sessions and other Cabinet and staff picks.
"He's picking the right people, and I believe he will stand aside and allow the process to work the way it's supposed to," Issa said. "He's entitled to talk in terms of compassion. Maybe this is a side of the president-elect people haven't seen."
Issa said there is much more to investigate concerning the Clinton Foundation, but Trump is saying it is time to move on and deal with the big issues, including foreign policy and national defense.
He also applauded Trump for picking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, even though picking her was "outside the comfort zone for picks."
Issa said he also has high hopes for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, if he is appointed as secretary of State.
"Obviously, Gen. [James] Mattis is an outside the box [pick] but an amazing proposal for secretary of Defense," Issa said.
Issa said Congress will ask Trump to "reactivate some form of meaningful special prosecutor," so if the next time someone in the government is accused of doing something wrong, there won't be a conflict of interest when an investigation is needed.
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