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Will President Trump Prosecute Hillary Clinton?

Will President Trump Prosecute Hillary Clinton?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks with President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump, to his office before a meeting at the U.S. Capitol on November 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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President Gerald Ford pardoned ex-President Richard Nixon. Ford believed the nation needed healing, and a trial to convict an ex-president of illegalities would extend the political bickering and emotions for another year or two. Ford reasoned: end the controversy and move on to solve America’s policy issues. Watergate was a third rate burglary by Nixon’s staff, and Nixon’s role was attempting to help cover it up. For that, Nixon was forced to resign.

Ford was following a long established tradition: the new administration taking office ignores all the transgressions of the last administration, and simply forges ahead. But during the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump asserted he would have a special prosecutor investigate Hillary Clinton’s alleged misdeeds as Secretary of State. It would appear the unconventional candidate, not a professional politician, is breaking with the established tradition of ignoring the other party’s in-office actions.

Indeed some Republican Washington insiders, such as pro Ed Rollins, advocate a forgetful tone for President-elect Trump: the service of Obama, Hillary, and the others should be respected; White House work is a difficult so whatever they have done should be valued, and then regardless of what occurred, look ahead rather than back.

With this logic even Bernie Madoff and Boss Tweed might be able to get off; and one would hope a Trump Administration can walk and chew gum at the same time. A special prosecutor could handle an investigation while the Trump Administration forged ahead with new policies. Some observers believe not investigating Hillary and the Obama White House is more of the old Washington insider game, and to clean it up, an investigation is necessary.

The highly respected Charles Krauthammer also has explained why investigating the last administration was “a bridge too far.” Krauthammer writes: “It takes centuries to develop ingrained norms of political restraint. But it can be undone in short order by a demagogue feeding a vengeful populism.”

Yet one must ask: Could Krauthammer’s words more appropriately apply to the last eight years of Obama and Hillary? Has not the damage to democracy already occurred? And so one must raise the hood and see what is going on.

At the outset, let us agree that an ex-president and the administration should not face legal action for a single one-time deed while doing the nation’s business. Legal action to avenge routine disagreements with one’s opponents should not happen; getting on with the nation’s business is the proper course of action; the exception is if the deed was treason or some horrendous activity. And what about situations in which the past administration has used its power to attack opponents or corruptly profit from doing the nation’s business?

The answer to the above question requires considerable reflection because inaction, just as action, sends signals to the society and to future presidents and their administrations. The details of what Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and their henchmen did are well-known and well-documented.

The Obama Administration has conducted countless illegalities. The worst ones include using regulatory agencies, such OSHA, EPA, and also IRS to investigate and make trouble for companies and citizens who did not politically support Obama. The IRS illegally immobilized hundreds of political groups planning to work for the Republicans in the 2012 presidential election. By one estimate the IRS activities suppressed Republican presidential turnout sufficiently to prevent Romney from winning the election. The IRS official, coordinating the illegal activities, chose the Fifth Amendment, not testifying against herself on the grounds she might incriminate herself. The IRS subverted the democracy and the election process. Then there is the case of the reporter, James Rosen, who the Obama Justice Department claimed was a security risk, and the Justice Department shopped to three judges before it found one who would approve a request to bug his and his associated phones. On top of all these offenses, Obama failed to enforce the laws: border security, sanctuary city policies, and dealing with illegal immigrants already in the nation. The Obama Administration lied to a federal court regarding how the illegal immigrants were being processed.

Obama and his administration got away with the crimes because it also had corrupted the Justice Department, including the Attorney General, an Obama appointee. The Attorney General refused to enforce the law and became involved in the illegalities and in the cover-up. Undercutting the legal process of the United States could be the worst offense of the Obama Administration. Considering everything, the last eight years may have been the most corrupt and threatening to democratic processes in the history of the United States.

In Hillary’s case, she set up an illegal server for official email State business, putting at risk America’s top secrets. People usually go to jail for this. Moreover, it is likely she set-up this system to conceal that she was granting State Department favors to nations who would then pay her husband millions of dollars for speaking engagements and give money to the Clinton Foundation. Through her State Department, she managed to orchestrate the sale of United States uranium, used to make nuclear weapons, to the Russians. Five of her close staff have been given immunity by an Obama Justice Department that has assisted in the cover up and destruction of the evidence about Hillary Clinton and her activities. The Obama Attorney General met secretly with Bill Clinton a few days before its decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton — a clear ethical impropriety.

It could be argued that the “bridge too far” was the unlawfulness of the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton, and their abuses of power cannot go unpunished. The reason for a special prosecutor to investigate the illegalities of Obama’s Administration, including Hillary Clinton’s activities, would not be to make trouble for an opponent, but it would be to protect the democracy in the future from such activities happening.

Had Hillary won the election, she would have extended the banana republic Obama was creating, and she would have treated the Republican losers with contempt. Remember, it was Hillary’s unofficial campaign who had a “dirty tricks” unit, whose leader had been to the White House over 300 times.

To those who believe ex-presidents and their officials should not be prosecuted, others will say: America needs to protect the democracy from such scoundrels, and future presidents should understand they cannot do anything they please and get away with it.

John Havick has a Ph.D. in political science. He was a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology for many years, authored several books and a number of articles, including the widely cited "The Impact of the Internet on a Television-Based Society." His work has appeared in The New York Times, and his recent book, "The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan Boys and the First Daytona 500," is available at ghostsofnascar.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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To those who believe ex-presidents and their officials should not be prosecuted, others will say: America needs to protect the democracy from such scoundrels, and future presidents should understand they cannot do anything they please and get away with it.
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