Rudy Giuliani, the man that many believe Trump will tap for Attorney General, walked a very fine line this morning in responding to a question about whether or not the Obama administration should pardon Hillary Clinton for her numerous alleged crimes. While noting the obvious intricacies around potentially prosecuted a former political foe, Giuliani noted that "there are deep and disturbing issues there" and that "President Obama should leave it to the system that we all believe in to determine, is she innocent or is she guilty.” Per The Hill:
“I don’t like to see America become a country in which we prosecute people, you know, about politics. On the other hand, there are deep and disturbing issues there in which if you don’t investigate them -- ”
“That’s why I don’t think President Obama should pardon her,” Giuliani added. "I think President Obama should leave it to the system that we all believe in to determine, is she innocent or is she guilty?”
Giuliani added that declining to probe the Clinton Foundation’s questionable finances could set a poor precedent for similar investigations.
“It’s hard to investigate other people,” said Giuliani.
“What do you say to a foundation where you have a fraud of $50,000 when you haven’t looked at a foundation of where there is an alleged fraud in the millions or hundreds of millions of dollars? Now, it may be true that it’s not true. But it hasn’t been investigated.”
Here is Giuliani's full interview on Fox News this morning (fast forward to the 4:20 mark for the Clinton Foundation question):
The questioning of Giuliani this morning came after the White House Press Secretary offered the following cryptic answer yesterday to a question about whether or not Obama would pardon Hillary. Of course, by refusing to offer a denial, many have since speculated that a pardon is at least under consideration.
While we're certainly not legal experts, it is unclear how the Obama administration can pardon Hillary when no actual crime has been charged at this point in time.