By Mark Hencsh
Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President-elect Donald Trump, is petitioning the incoming administration to ask a grand jury whether Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be criminally prosecuted.
Stone’s tweet links to a petition addressed to Trump and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the president-elect’s choice for attorney general, asking them to present evidence against Clinton to grand jurors.
“Either we are a nation of laws or we are a ‘banana republic’ led by criminals,” the petition says. “After the Watergate scandal, the mainstream media told us repeatedly that ‘no person is above the law.’”
“It is premature for the Trump administration to decide whether Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton should be prosecuted,” the petition adds. “In truth, the American people do not yet have a full cataloging of their many crimes.
“We respectfully urge President-elect Donald Trump and Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions to gather all appropriate evidence and submit it to the grand jury to make the potential decision about the Clintons’ potential indictment.”
Trump repeatedly vowed on the campaign trail to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. During one of the debates, Trump said that Clinton would be in jail if he was elected.
But after the election, Trump said that prosecuting Clinton is “just not something I feel very strongly about.”
Stone’s petition cites five reasons for why Clinton “should be immediately indicted,” with the first being “obstruction of justice.”
“If any average citizen lied to investigative officials, failed to turn over evidence, provided only selective evidence, they would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” it says. “If any average military personnel with even the lightest of security clearance was in breach as Clinton clearly was, they would be prosecuted. Why are our officials not held accountable for their actions?”
Stone’s petition additionally lists “spoliation of evidence,” “violation of Federal Records Act (perhaps willful)” and “violation of Espionage Act (perhaps willful)” as other strikes against Clinton. It added “the Clinton Foundation ties to weapons deals should also be thoroughly investigated.”
The FBI conducted a thorough investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server and whether classified information was mishandled. In July, the agency decided against recommending criminal charges. FBI Director James Comey, though, was sharply critical of Clinton’s actions, calling many of the practices careless.