White House leaves door open for Clinton pardon


Republican Donald Trump threatened during the presidential campaign to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Now that Trump is president-elect, it is unclear if he will make good on the threat.
Clinton has not been charged with a crime. FBI director James Comey called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless” but declined to bring charges.
During a Wednesday news conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to a reporter’s question on the matter of President Obama offering Clinton a pre-emptive pardon.

“As you know, the president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” he replied. “We didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals. And that’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations.”
Earnest said Obama remains hopeful that Trump’s threat was just rhetoric.
“We’ve got a long tradition in this country of people in power not using the criminal justice system to exact political revenge,” he said.