For Trump supporters who cheered his tough stance against Hillary Clinton for her unauthorized use of a secret email server and questionable “pay to play” practices during her stint as President Obama’s first Secretary of State, the indication that he might be more inclined to show mercy to his vanquished opponent has raised some concerns, as well as eyebrows.

Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who is credited with the game-winning strategy that led to his surprising win, said last week that he will not pursue charges against Clinton.

“I think when the president-elect, who’s also the head of your party now tells you before he’s even inaugurated he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message—tone and content—to the members.”

Trump rallies over the course of his unlikely campaign regularly erupted into chants of, “Lock her up!” as he repeatedly referred to her as, “Crooked Hillary.”

At a presidential debate, Trump seemed implacable in wanting to see Clinton answer for violating federal law in at least the email matter, responding to her assertion that he should not be in charge, with the quip, “Because you’d be in jail!”

That tone seemed to have softened within the first weeks of the transition, with Trump himself saying he had no wish to “hurt the Clintons,” adding, “Hillary went through a lot and suffered greatly in many ways.” The president-elect did not elaborate.

Trump is now in a position of strength and is able to show compassion, which may be galling to Clinton supporters who feel the “forgiveness” for crimes she denies committing is insulting and demeaning.

The argument is, in fact, moot because the investigations into Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State is out of his hands.

Currently, the former Secretary is the subject of investigation by four Congressional committees, and Trump has no authority to influence the course of those probes.

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told FOX News, I still don't have the information I need.” The Committee is investigating Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified government documents through the use of her private, unsecured email server.

In addition, the FBI reportedly has open, ongoing investigations into the Clinton Family Foundation.

In a tweet from author and conservative commentator, Ann Coulter, pointed out the limitations of Trump’s authority in the matter.

“We elected Donald Trump president. America did not make him the FBI, & DOJ. His job is to pick those guys. Not do their jobs.”


In fact, Trump may have been executing a purely political move in being magnanimous to Clinton, while standing back and letting Congress and the FBI do the heavy lifting and “dirty work” through investigations, thus avoiding the criticism that plagued the Obama Department of Justice for Loretta Lynch’s apparent intervention to influence the course of the Clinton probe.

Whatever the outcome, Conway summed up Clinton’s biggest problem in none-too-subtle terms.

“And I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.”


Plenty of folks on Twitter agreed with Coulter:










But some see the announcement as a betrayal by the President-elect:





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