A few days after the election, Donald Trump told 60 Minutes that he was no longer very interested in making Hillary Clinton pay for her crimes. Regarding his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to look into her misuse of classified information, Trump said he “didn’t want to hurt” the Clintons, insisting they were “good people.”
This week, irritated by reports that the DOJ’s inspector general was investigating how the FBI handled the original Clinton probe, Trump once again sounded like the man who beat Hillary from pillar to post in one of the fiercest campaigns of all time.
“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I.?” asked Trump on Twitter. “Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!”
Democrats may come to regret pushing the Office of the Inspector General in this direction. Trump was willing to move on and let bygones be bygones, even though many of his supporters are still chanting “lock her up.” If they keep poking the hornet’s nest, Democrats may ultimately convince Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to see justice done. We wouldn’t complain if he did.
In the meantime, this investigation – though dripping with partisanship – could be just what the country needs right now. It’s clear that both Republicans and Democrats have serious questions for FBI Director James Comey. Democrats are upset about the late October letter Comey sent to Congress; Hillary’s supporters believe this letter cost her the election. Republicans are upset because it’s hard to match Comey’s words on July 5 with his decision not to recommend prosecution.
At the end of the day, this is about justice. If Comey was compromised, ideological, or incompetent in his handling of this investigation, the American people deserve to know. But that means the IG needs to look at the entirety of the probe and not just those parts of it that have Democrats in a twist. “Getting to the bottom” of this mess does not mean “verifying liberal theories.” It means getting to the bottom of it.
So let’s start digging.