According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama has not necessarily taken the option of pardoning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off the table.
“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” Earnest said Wednesday at a White House briefing when asked whether the president was considering issuing a pardon.
“And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals, and that’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations,” he added.
In other words, Earnest claimed to have no clue what Obama intended to do, though he did praise Clinton for having “worked very hard” and mentioned that the White House did not believe President-elect Donald Trump would pursue prosecution, as reported by The Washington Times.
Apparently Trump’s call for unity had led Earnest and perhaps others in the Obama administration to think he would renege on his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the Clinton scandals.
They were wrong.
According to Politico, just the idea of going after the former secretary of state was admittedly the last thing on Trump’s mind at the time, but that would change soon enough.
“We did not discuss that last night since his victory,” campaign manager Kelly Anne Conway said Wednesday morning on MSNBC. “And he certainly didn’t address it with Mrs. Clinton on the phone.”
“I think you heard his own words last night — to the extent that one man can as president, certainly Vice President Pence, who’s phenomenal, they’re looking to unify the country,” she continued. “But we haven’t discussed that (prosecution of Clinton) in recent days. And I think that it’s all in good time.”
Unless the president were to pardon Clinton before he left office, she would eventually face Trump’s dreaded special prosecutor.
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