Over the weekend, Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes attempted to paint President-Elect Donald Trump into a corner regarding his oft-repeated campaign-trail promise to have a real investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal – one that could even include a Special Prosecutor. It was a promise that had Trump supporters chanting “Lock her up!” in the final months of the campaign. Trump shrugged off Stahl’s questioning on the subject, stating he didn’t wish to “hurt” the Clintons, but what was left unsaid actually spoke volumes.
It is the Clinton Foundation FBI investigation that remains very much ongoing, though given the absence of Mainstream Media coverage on that fact, many Americans might not realize that to be the case.
In her interview with Trump, Stahl’s questioning focused on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server – NOT the foundation. This was no accident, but had been most likely considered and perhaps even negotiated by Trump surrogates and CBS News prior to the 60 Minutes interview.
You see, it is the Clinton Foundation scandal that has the entirety of Washington D.C. whispering to itself. Will the FBI unleash hell upon the foundation and its multi-tentacled contacts both within the U.S. government and across the globe that had U.S. policy being illegally sold to the highest bidder? That doomsday possibility is why current Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch had already attempted to terminate the investigation, even as Director Comey continues to proceed with it.
Lynch’s role remains that of an investigative firewall between the FBI and the Clintons. (and Barack Obama)
But with Donald Trump mere weeks away from assuming power, and a new Attorney General who will accompany that transition, that firewall will soon be no more. And though Mr. Trump’s first 100-days political priorities are clearly focused upon the economy, immigration/border security, and ISIS, his refusal to state Mr. Comey’s job at the FBI is secure is an equally clear signal from the President-Elect that he expects the FBI to do its job regarding the Clinton Foundation investigation.
If justice is to be served, so be it, and because such a move will be coming from the FBI and not the White House, Trump’s detractors will find it far more difficult to accuse him of unfairly “going after” the Clintons should the FBI ultimately recommend to the new Attorney General that charges be filed.
In other words, the Clinton Foundation issue is far from over, and Donald Trump is already proving himself capable of navigating that particularly pungent swamp with considerable skill.