A petition that was started and is being circulated by longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone is calling on the incoming administration to determine if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted.
Stone’s petition is addressed to President-elect Trump himself and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who was tapped by Trump to be attorney general, asking them to show evidence against her to a grand jury. On Twitter, he wrote that “no way should” Clinton “avoid prosecution.”
“Either we are a nation of laws or we are a ‘banana republic’ led by criminals,” the petition said. “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,” his petition noted. “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.”
During election season, Trump vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton if he’s elected president. In the second debate, he also told Clinton she’d “be in jail.” He was responding to a comment from Clinton, who had said, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” Meanwhile, it became standard practice at Trump’s rallies during the presidential race for his supporters to chant “lock her up,” referring to Clinton.
But after the election, Trump backed away from his previous statements, saying prosecuting Clinton isn’t a priority for his administration.