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Trump Drops Plan to Investigate Clinton

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 08:52 AM

President-elect Donald Trump does not plan to pursue investigations into former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for either her use of a private email server or for questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski reported Tuesday morning.

Brzezinski, quoting a "source with direct knowledge of Donald Trump's thinking," said the insider told the program that Trump feels Clinton has been "through enough."

Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway soon confirmed the decision in an appearance on the show.

"When the president 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."

The latest news comes after Trump told CBS' "60 Minutes" that Clinton did "bad things," but when it comes to bringing in a special prosecutor, Trump replied. "I don't want to hurt them [the Clintons]. They're good people."

However, Trump did tell Clinton, during a debate argument, that "you would be in jail," after she said it was "good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."

Brzezinski pointed out that FBI Director James Comey reiterated its stance not to recommend charges against Clinton, but it still remains to be seen how Republican leaders will react.

"Recall that House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz said, 'even before we get to day one, we have two years worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it's not good.'"

Washington Post columnist and associate editor David Ignatius, also a member of the "Morning Joe" panel, said there are two reasons the decision makes sense:

"One, it's not seemly for an incoming administration to seek to prosecute the actions of his rival in the election," said Ignatius. "It's what happens in banana republics, so there's the optics.

"Secondly, and it's important to stress this, and what [FBI Director James] Comey said remains operative, and attorneys I talk to say this is correct, and simply there are not facts in the case that would lead any reasonable prosecutor to bring a case.

"You don't have criminal intent and you don't have the leak of the classified information in a way that was damaging."

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., now an MSNBC commentator and frequent panelist on the show, said the move means the Clinton fight is "over" and Trump is ready to "move on to policy and the recommendations he's going to make for the nomination. I never thought there was anything there."

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