(GPA) Washington D.C. – In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said the Trump administration would not be pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton.
After over a year of Trump supporters chanting “lock her up” in reference to Clinton and Trump saying in the final presidential debate that if he were president “[Hillary] would be in jail”; the Trump transition team has said they will not appoint a “special prosecutor” to seek charges. Despite Trump running on the fuel of Hillary Clinton being crooked, Conway stated today that President Trump wants to “look past the campaign.”
Conway spoke of an entirely different approach to a relationship between Hillary and the White House saying “If Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.” This new approach to the charges Trump raised about Clinton’s corruption has understandably angered some of his most extreme supporters.
Right leaning news site Breitbart – formerly run by Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon – published a story this morning with the leading headline of “BROKEN PROMISE.” This is likely to stir up more anger among Trump’s conservative base who wanted charges brought against Clinton for everything from Benghazi, the Clinton foundation to her email server.
The FBI is also likely to feel as if their department is being infringed on if they were to actually find any wrongdoing on Clinton’s part. The bureau is not a fan of politicians dictating to them what investigations to carry out; although it’s unlikely they would’ve ever charged Hillary either. The FBI does still have an investigation open into the Clinton foundation and is likely to be frustrated by a president ordering them not to pursue any potential leads, which could cause James Comey to publicly come out opposing his commander in chief. FBI directors serve a ten year term exclusively for situations like this so they don’t have to fear political backlash.
This is just the latest in Trump’s chain of broken campaign promises before he has even managed to be sworn into office. Liberal critics have already attacked Trump after hiring several political and military insiders such as former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, GOP chair Reince Priebus and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn after he ended his campaign by promising to “drain the swamp.”
Trump supporters have been apologists for these appointments saying that the president elect always said he would “hire the best people” to advise him. Yet with all the rhetoric concerning Hillary and her corruption helping him win the White House this might not be a promise his diehard supporters can defend. Hillary is corrupt in the way that all politicians are but at this point, Trump seems to be proving he can fit right in comfortably in that swamp of corruption.