While appearing on Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway confirmed that the incoming Trump administration will not pursue charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for violations of the Espionage Act and her use of an illegal private email server. The announcement sparked a great deal of criticism, but, WND reported, a Trump insider says Clinton could still face prosecution.
According to Jerome Corsi:
Once Trump has taken the oath of office, the insider noted, the decision to launch an investigation rests with the attorney general, who has the power to convene a criminal grand jury or appoint a special prosecutor.
Further, Congress has the power to investigate and recommend the Department of Justice pursue a criminal prosecution.
Regarding the Clinton Foundation and allegations of “pay to play,” state attorneys general in states where the charity is registered also would have the authority to launch an investigation.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, confirmed to WND that a “preservation letter” has been sent to the Department of Justice regarding contents of the approximately 650,000 emails related to Clinton’s State Department tenure found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
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King, Corsi wrote, citing another WND report, “believes a congressional investigation under the incoming Trump administration could raise additional evidence against Clinton or against one of her close aides at the State Department, including Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, that might induce a new FBI director to convene a grand jury.”
Even as president, Trump will not have the authority to order the House Judiciary Committee to cease and desist from the investigation into the contents of Weiner’s laptops. Nor can he block any recommendations to prosecute that the House Judiciary Committee may decide to make to the Department of Justice as a result of an investigation.
The U.S. attorney general has the authority to appoint special prosecutors under U.S. Department of Justice regulations as specified in 28 Code of Federal Regulations 600.1.
“Neither Conway’s statement to MSNBC nor Trump’s statement to the New York Times gives any reason to believe Trump would object should his attorney general – he has nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. – decide to convene a grand jury or to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate any crimes Clinton may have committed,” Corsi further said.
Granted, Trump has said he wants to give Clinton “time to heal,” but that shouldn’t be seen as a flip-flop. Instead, Corsi notes, the statements being made by Trump and Conway are “carefully chosen” and should be interpreted “narrowly.”
After all, Trump has not said he would pardon her…
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