“Lock her up!” That was the rallying cry from Trumpland during the 2016 presidential election when it came to “crooked Hillary.”
During the second presidential debate, Donald Trump took the rhetoric a step further and threatened to appoint a “special prosecutor” to look into the dealings of the Clintons.
“I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception,” he told Clinton.
But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this Tuesday, former Trump campaign manager and a senior adviser to his transition Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect wanted to “move beyond the issues of the campaign,” confirming that Trump is walking back his promise to investigate the Clintons.
“If Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing,” Conway said.
From the New York Times:
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump essentially said: “never mind,” signaling that he does not intend to pursue investigations into his rival’s use of a private email server or the financial operations at the Clinton family’s global foundation.
It is dangerous to let people think the President decides who gets prosecuted in our criminal justice system. Stop fucking doing it.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 22, 2016
Wow, Breitbart is unhappy with Donald Trump: pic.twitter.com/YOolCTsDC9
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) November 22, 2016
Conway added that Trump is currently concerned with more pressing issues.
“Look, I think 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,” she said.
Trump first signaled that he wasn’t interested in prosecuting Hillary during his 60 Minutes interview earlier this month, where he praised Clinton for being “strong.”
Featured image via 60 Minutes screen grab