The “rule of law” is the antithesis of “arbitrary law.”
Arbitrary law is defined as something that is determined by judgment or whim and not for any specific reason or rule. Under arbitrary law a President elect would say that he would not pursue any further criminal investigations of Hillary Clinton regarding her private email server use or the Clinton Foundation.
"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump told The New York Times in an on-the-record interview with reporters and editors. "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”
"It's just not something that I feel very strongly about," he said.
If Trump truly believes in “rule of law,” he would never make such a statement nor such a decision.
RULE OF LAW IS:
The government and its officials and agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law.
The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property and certain core human rights.
The process by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient.
Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.
This action by Trump should be very troubling to any Freedom Loving American who believes in the principles upon which our nation was founded; rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people.
Neither the President-elect nor the President have the power under our Constitution to determine if an investigation should or should not take place. The decision to investigate would depend on the circumstances of the case and should be made by an independent and impartial party; which ideally would be the Department of Justice. Clearly there is enough evidence to pursue an investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. If the evidence supports indictment and a trial, this should take place. If Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation are exonerated, so be it. If Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation are found to be guilty, then and only then, under the United States Constitution, would the President have the authority to grant a pardon.
Trump, in this instance, you are no different from Obama. You believe you have authority the Constitution does not grant you. Remember, in the United States we have a President, not a King, an Emperor, or a Czar. The President has only the authority given them under the Constitution.
This is a very troubling action. This is the action a Progressive would take. This is the action taken by a person who does not believe in the Constitution, does not understand the Constitution, or both.