Close your eyes again, change the names. Let me make one up for you, the Iranians, this is totally made up, the Iranians interfere in the election to help elect Barack Obama because they think theyll get a better nuclear deal from him. And during that election, an Obama aide meets with the Iranians and talks about the dirt they have that will help Obama get elected. And the FBI finds out about that. We should not investigate that?
Although there is evidence of potential violation of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case, prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing the charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent.
A number of things had gone on which I can't talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system, and then the capper was and I'm not picking on the attorney general, Loretta Lynch, who I like very much but her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me, and I then said, you know what, the department cannot, by itself, credibly end this.
I was struck that Barack Obama is the best listener as a leader I had ever seen and Donald Trump is the worst I've ever seen, barack Obama had the confidence to be quiet and try and get that. Donald Trump is Donald Trump, so I don't see any prospect that Donald Trump would be able to be quiet for long enough to hear the truth.