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Karl Rove: Trump Needs to 'Stay as Far Away Possible' From Clinton Probe

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 12:50 PM

Sen. Jeff Sessions, if confirmed as the next attorney general, should work to separate President-elect Donald Trump and his administration from any investigations concerning former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, her email server, or her family's foundation, GOP strategist Karl Rove said Tuesday.

"If they think there is action that ought to be taken, Jeff Sessions ought to isolate the president and the administration as much as possible by turning the matter over to a special counsel and leaving it in their hands," Rove told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program, after it was confirmed Trump has decided not to seek Clinton's prosecution.

"The president of the United States should not be making decisions about who should and should not be held to account in the rule of law. He needs to stay as far away as possible."

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway confirmed a report from MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that Trump had decided not to seek Clinton's prosecution, after a source "close to Trump's thinking" had told the program that Clinton has been "through enough."

"When the president-elect tells you he doesn't wish to pursue the charges, it sends a strong message," Conway said. "I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don't find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Trump can help her heal, perhaps that's a good thing.

"He's thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them."

Meanwhile, Rove said Trump is off to a "fast start" with his transition.

"He named his attorney general and his White House chief of staff and co-chiefs of staff within a matter of days, far ahead of the schedule of President [Bill] Clinton, President [George W.] Bush, and President [Barack] Obama," said Rove.

"He obviously is involved in a robust set of meetings. All presidents are. These are more high profile than previous presidents."

Trump has also outlined, through a YouTube video, his plans for his first 100 days in office, and Rove said he believes he'll achieve those goals, but pointed out Americans are looking most for improvements to the economy.

"Why do people want him there? They want change," said Rove. "What do they want change most of all on? The economy.

"In the midst of the flurry of activity on immigration and Visa fraud and cyber attacks and trade, he's going to keep focused on the fact that people are going to judge him very quickly on whether they feel the economy is going and growing and the jobs are coming here and being created and people's paychecks are getting bigger."

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