During the second presidential debate, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump threatened to send her opponent Hillary Clinton to jail because of the controversy regarding her use of a private server to handle confidential emails. But, according to his party, Trump’s remark was just a quip directed at the Democratic candidate.
During the debate on Oct. 9 at the Washington University in Missouri, Trump went on the offensive by pressing on the email scandal involving Clinton’s camp. He reiterated that despite the confidential nature of the online documents, Clinton and her staff members still decided to manage them using an email account on a private server, an act that could have threatened the country’s national security.
While discussing the matter, Trump noted that if elected into office, he would order his attorney general to re-open the case to launch a new investigation on Clinton.
“If I win I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation – there has never been so many lies and so much deception,” he said according to The Guardian.
Clinton then tried to interrupt Trump by talking about his temperament when the Republican nominee said that she could get imprisoned because of her actions.
Following the debate, various critics focused on Trump’s remark and criticized him for planning on overstepping on the duties of an attorney general to prosecute a former rival.
But, after the debate, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explained that the presidential hopeful was not serious about sending Clinton to jail when he made the statement.
“It was a quip,” she said on the “Morning Joe” show of MSNBC. “Whether she goes to jail is not up to Donald Trump.”
Based on Conway’s statement, even if Trump decides not to pursue a criminal case against Clinton if he becomes the president of the U.S., there’s still a chance that a new investigation will be launched against the Secretary of State.