According to new reports from CNN and the New York Times, President Donald Trump pushed to have Hillary Clinton prosecuted as soon as he took office. It didn’t ultimately happen, however, because his closest advisors advised the president that if he pursued impeachment he would be removed from office.
Trump gained traction on the 2016 campaign trail with the slogan “lock her up,” referring to Clinton in relation to her illegal use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
When he was elected president, Trump asked Department of Justice officials about prosecuting Clinton and also brought up the topic with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Don McGahn, the former White House counsel, refused when asked by Trump to inquire with the Department of Justice about prosecution.
It seems Trump was attempting to make good on one of his biggest campaign promises.
Clinton largely got away with using her private email server to send and receive sensitive information while she as Secretary of State under Obama. During the 2016 presidential campaign cycle, the FBI investigated her. Former FBI Director James Comey said that she acted “carelessly” but said that he didn’t think the case should be pursued legally.
Last year the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee launched a a joint investigation into the matter. The investigation is looking into whether or not federal agencies gave preferential treatment to Clinton during the campaign season, since most people assumed she would be elected president.
According to the Daily Wire, Trump also asked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into Clinton’s apparent crimes; however, Sessions pushed back on the idea.
Many Americans find it infuriating that Hillary Rodham Clinton was able to get away with a crime, with no punishments whatsoever. But these same Americans will most likely find comfort in the fact that Trump did, indeed, try to make good on his promise to hold her accountable.
Meanwhile, the president’s own daughter, Ivanka Trump, is now facing criticism for using a private email server of her own when she first started her job at the White House. The big difference, of course, is that Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time. And when Clinton was being investigated by the feds, she had her servers destroyed with hammers and bleach bit.