President elect-Donald Trump's key aide Kellyanne Conway made clear Tuesday morning that his administration will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton. The announcement, though not wholly unexpected, is a reversal of Trump's campaign promise to hold his Democratic opponent accountable for her actions as secretary of state.
Conway made the statement in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday in which she addressed Trump's promise to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton's national security-threatening use of an unapproved, unsecured private email server during her tenure at the State Department.
"I think when the President-elect, who's also the head of your party, tells you before he's even inaugurated that he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content" to the Republicans, she said. As consolation for those calling for Clinton to be held to the same legal standard as others who have been punished for similar mishandling of classified material, Conway said at least the failed presidential candidate will have to live with the reality that "a majority of Americans don't find her to be honest or trustworthy."
"[I]f Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that's a good thing to do," she added. Saying Trump has a lot of plans he's considering as he prepares to become president, Conway said "things that sound like the campaign are not among them."
It will be interesting to see how that line plays among conservative circles, though so far Trump has been given a lot of leeway among many on the Right, which is still celebrating his historic upset of the Democratic and media establishment.
Though Trump talked tough about Clinton on the campaign trail, even vowing during a presidential debate to appoint a "special prosecutor" to "look into" her "situation," many analysts predicted a sharp reversal if he in fact won. In his first major interview after winning the election, Trump largely dismissed the idea of prosecuting Clinton, smacking her for doing "some bad things" but also describing her and her husband as "good people" and redirecting the conversation to other campaign promises, like immigration and Obamacare.