Author and controversialist Ann Coulter slammed Donald Trump today for announcing that he will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving in the Obama administration as Secretary of State. The outspoken Coulter, who has been an ardent supporter of Trump, tweeted, "Whoa! I thought we elected @realDonaldTrump president. Did we make him the FBI, & DOJ? His job is to pick those guys, not do their jobs." She also posted, 
"As happy as I am that our long national nightmare's over, NO president shld be blocking investigators from doing their jobs."
While this is not the first time that Coulter has differed with Trump, today’s tweets were among her sharpest criticisms of him. In August of this year, she condemned what she termed Trump’s “softening" stance on immigration when he said he could work with "upstanding" illegal immigrants in order to allow them to stay in the country.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been rumored to be a possible pick for Secretary of State, expressed his disagreement with Coulter. Giuliani said he is "supportive" of Trump for deciding not to pursue an investigation of Clinton. According to The Hill, "There's a tradition in American politics that after you win an election, you sort of put things behind you," Giuliani told reporters. "And if that's the decision he reached, that's perfectly consistent with the historical pattern. So if he made that decision, I would be supportive of it. I would also be supportive of continuing the investigation."
 
According to POLITICO, Breitbart News, of which Trump’s top advisor Stephen Bannon is chief executive, ran a headline today that read, “Broken Promise: Trump ‘doesn’t wish to pursue’ Clinton email charges.” The website was quoting Trump political advisor Kellyanne Conway, who made the announcement today on “Morning Joe.” The link at POLITICO now takes readers to an article entitled "Kellyanne Conway confirms 'Trump doesn't wish to pursue' Hillary charges." 
 
Former attorney general John Ashcroft said in a Fox News interview today that even though Trump may no longer want to pursue prosecuting Clinton, her legal entanglements remain.  "I would hasten to mention though that it's pretty well-known that there are a number of other investigations regarding the Clinton Foundation," Ashcroft told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer. "I don't think that what the president-elect has said would foreclose following those investigations to an appropriate conclusion," he continued, "and if they found that there was some sort of a prosecution or legal action that was merited there, I don't think that what has been said today would foreclose action on those issues."
 
As for Donald Trump himself, he told the New York Times today, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Mr. Trump said. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.” As to whether he had absolutely ruled against prosecution, he said,  “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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