It just hit me: Trump thinks being President is like being the CEO of the government.
And he views the government as though it were a corporation. That’s why he is unilaterally making a decision about whether or not to prosecute Hillary: he thinks that, since he’s the President, the various Departments (which he thinks of as divisions of a company) do what he tells them do. He probably views Congress as a board of directors, to be manipulated (and, truth to tell, presidents do try that). That’s how it works. And he can order people to do whatever he wants, and if they won’t, they’re fired! But the government is not set up like that because do not in fact want a tyrant king: the government is specifically and explicitly designed to prevent that.
UPDATE: The NY Times quotes Trump after their meeting with him:
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,’’ Mr. Trump said during his interview with The New York Times, adding that he wanted to “move forward.”
Trump doesn’t think in terms of law, but of personal relationships, leverage, and what he can gain (and that mostly in terms of money). So whether or not Clinton broke the law is irrelevant. He thinks she deserves a break, so let’s drop it. The law is not the issue.