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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Obama should pardon Clinton

The Rev. Jesse Jackson greets Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a rally at North Carolina A&T State University on Oct. 27 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday called for President Barack Obama to pardon Hillary Clinton before he leaves office in January.

While speaking at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Jackson said the proposed action would help a divided America to heal, just as President Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon did in 1974, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"President Ford said we don't need him [Nixon] for a trophy. We need to move on. President Nixon wasn't convicted of a crime. He didn't apply for a pardon. [Ford] did it because he thought it would be best for the country," Jackson said. He then added, "Hillary Clinton has not been tried, but there are those who want to drag her for the next three years. It will not stop until they find a reason to put her in jail. That would be a travesty."

President-elect Donald Trump vowed during his campaign to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Meanwhile, Trump's supporters at his campaign rallies frequently chanted "lock her up."

FBI Director James Comey in July announced that his agency would not recommend any charges against Clinton. In October, Comey announced in a letter to Congress that the discovery of new emails had led to the FBI effectively reopening its investigation, although the FBI later said its decision not to prosecute the nation's former top diplomat would not change.

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