The headline at the Miami Herald: “Trump breaks campaign pledge, won’t prosecute Clinton”
The headline at CNN: “Trump aide Kellyanne Conway: No plan to pursue charges against Clinton”
The headline at BBC: “Trump team won’t pursue charges against Hillary Clinton”
All of them are reporting on the news that Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, told MSNBC that the president-elect won’t pursue charges against Hillary Clinton. “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 members,” said Conway on “Morning Joe.”
That’s a change from the Trump message of October, when he said at the second presidential debate: “I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor.”
Surely Breitbart News played down this flip-flop. After all, Breitbart is the conservative news site where Stephen K. Bannon served as executive chairman before leaving for a post with the Trump campaign and, more recently, being named chief strategist in the upcoming Donald Trump White House. Bannon’s connections with Breitbart occasioned quite a bit of chatter about how the news outlet would become something resembling a state-run media outlet. If so, it stepped out of line this morning!