President-Elect Donald Trump has repeated during the 2016 President Election season that if he were in charge Hillary Clinton would be in jail. Here is a snippet from the 2nd Presidential Debate, which took place on October 9th, 2016:
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Mrs. Clinton observed.
“Because,” Mr. Trump replied “you’d be in jail.”
Recently, it seemed as if President-Elect Donald Trump has gone back on his promise.
The president-elect told the New York Times on Tuesday that it would be “divisive” to pursue criminal investigations into the former secretary of state over her use of a private email server or conflicts of interest involving her foundation. His conciliatory tone provoked a backlash from some conservatives.
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump said, according to a tweet by Times journalist Mike Grynbaum. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”
This does not mean that the FBI has stopped looking into the matter. There still are investigations that are active and/or evidence on Hillary Clinton is still in their possession.
Some investigators grew frustrated, viewing FBI leadership as uninterested in probing the charity, these people said. Others involved disagreed sharply, defending FBI bosses and saying Mr. McCabe in particular was caught between an increasingly acrimonious fight for control between the Justice Department and FBI agents pursuing the Clinton Foundation case.
It isn’t unusual for field agents to favor a more aggressive approach than supervisors and prosecutors think is merited. But the internal debates about the Clinton Foundation show the high stakes when such disagreements occur surrounding someone who is running for president.
“According to the agreement reached with the attorneys who handed over their laptops, the laptops were to be destroyed per the agreement after the testimony was given –the interviews were given – – by the attorneys. The bureau and the department agreed to that,” DiGenova said. “However the laptops contrary to published reports were not destroyed and the reason is the agents who are tasked with destroying them refused to do so. And by the way the laptops are at the FBI for inspection by Congress or federal courts.”
A large cache of emails in the FBI’s possession that are related to Hillary Clinton’s time in the Obama administration still haven’t found their way from the FBI to the State Department.
A Justice Department lawyer told a federal court on Tuesday that investigators are still holding on to the messages it retrieved from a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton confidante Human Abedin.
The FBI could give State the emails in the future, but attorneys haven’t said when.
NEW: Senior federal official tells NBC News that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will meet with President-elect Trump today in New York.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) November 30, 2016
Who is U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara?
As the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara runs one of the largest and most respected offices of federal prosecutors in the country. Under his leadership, the office has charged dozens of Wall Street figures with insider trading, and has upended the politics of New York State, by convicting the leaders of both houses of the state legislature.
The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities.
Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations.
The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.
Donald Trump met with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Wednesday at Trump Tower, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.
Bharara, whom many regard as the Justice Department‘s most powerful prosecutor, told reporters that he agreed to remain the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York after a “good meeting” with the president-elect. He added that Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, previously reached out to him, asking him to stay as well.
In our opinion, it still looks like investigations will be ongoing with Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.