A lot of my conservative friends are eager for a probe of Hillary Clinton. Convinced of Roy Moore's innocence and Hillary Clinton's guilt, they are of the opinion that a special prosecutor must be appointed at all costs.
In principle I agree. But we are deluding ourselves to think that a special prosecutor would really do anything against the Clintons. They may now be out of power, but those two know how to play the persecution card better than anyone else. Go after the Clintons with a special prosecutor and watch them rebound just now as they are starting to exit public life altogether.
The bigger problem, though, is the one for President Trump. You all may be convinced the Clintons are guilty of something, but the Democrats are just as convinced Donald Trump, his whole family, and his business are guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. If President Trump's Administration launches an inquiry against Hillary Clinton, the left, the media, and half the country would view it as partisan and political, not as a good faith enforcement of American law.
It would thereby set a precedent for the next President who would have every right to then explore the left's grievances against President Trump, the Trump family, the Trump organization, etc. It'd still be within the statute of limitations. And President Trump would have ceded the ground.
Now I know there are some of you thinking "damn the torpedos, full speed ahead," but the bag of hurt you would be opening far outweighs any crime Hillary Clinton might have committed. Yes, some people who commit crimes do get away with it. And sometimes you have to let people who commit crimes get away with those crimes because the dangers of pursuing them far outweigh the crime.
It'd be great to see Hillary Clinton in jail. But it'd be really terrible to then see subsequent administrations routinely getting special prosecutors to destroy their political enemies. And no matter how much you think she deserves it, the country does not deserve to go through anything like what that would then cause.