So, after the 2008 election, there were quite a number on the left who wanted to see Bush and co. held to account for their actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo… pretty much everything that they could be nailed with.
When Obama came in, he disappointed all those people by saying that the best thing for the nation was to move on, that revisiting the past would not help us to heal. It would not bridge the divisiveness. Though I was quite annoyed with Bush’s actions and the consequences that he foisted off on the american people, I found myself agreeing with this assessment.
Now that Trump is pres, if he keeps his promise to go after Clinton, then he is not going to be uniting much. The democrats will continue to defend her, and the republicans will continue to hate her. Personally, I don’t think that she has actually done anything that can be proved to have broken any laws worth prosecuting, so they are either going to get her on some trivial technicality, or they are not going to get her on anything. Either way, it will be long and drawn out, and distract us from being able to do what we all want to have happen.
Trump also has some issues. Between the university, the charity, the taxes, and the alleged sexual misconduct, there is a pretty good chance that, even if never convicted of anything, our next president will spend his days embroiled in controversy. I do not see that as useful to the nation.
Now, Obama has the power to pardon Clinton, and make sure that no investigation sticks. Whether or not she broke any laws, Obama can declare through his presidential powers that, legally, she cannot be held to any account, and no prosecution or even investigation is possible. Even Giuliani agrees that there would be nothing to go after her if this were to take place. (Though he still looks forward to prosecuting the rest of the Clinton team for anything he can find.)If I were Clinton, I don’t know that I would take the pardon, I might be willing to take my chances that they can’t find anything to pin on me, rather than go after my team, my friends, and continuing this issue long past any reasonable person would have let it the fuck go.
Now, this would seem a partisan act, and may very well be quite divisive. People would talk about the corruption and cronyism, and it would not be all that great for healing the nation. the same could be said for pardoning trump.
By pardoning both, he can say “I don’t think either of you have done anything worth prosecuting, much less investigating, and now, legally, you haven’t. I said so.”
This could prompt some level of healing and reconciliation between the parties. Neither side can threaten the other with legal issues. Neither side can point to the other saying that the pardon proves that they are guilty.