Trump is asserting a power the United States president does not have, and, more importantly, should not have.There is, as always, more at the link.
Investigations by Congress, the Department of Justice, and federal law enforcement are not governed by the president's whim.
But in both his original threat, and now in his reversal, he indicates that he believes otherwise.
It is a dually cynical bid: To reinforce the narrative that Clinton has done something worth investigating (again), and to present himself as fair and just. Neither are accurate.
There is no magnanimity in backing off a threat that never should have been made in the first place.
And his evident belief that justice turns at the wave of the president's hand is chilling.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I've got a new piece at Shareblue about how Donald Trump's comments about not pursuing further investigations of Hillary Clinton and/or the Clinton Foundation are very troubling: