Donald Trump's aides are confirming that, contrary to a campaign pledge, he will not authorize a special prosecutor to investigate former secretary of State — and election rival — Hillary Clinton.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC that the president-elect also hopes Congress forgo further investigations of Clinton.
“I think when the President-elect, who’s also the head of your party, tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content to the members” of Congress, Conway said told MSNBC's Morning Joe.
During the campaign, Trump threatened Clinton repeatedly with further investigation of Clinton's use of a private e-mail server as well as the fundraising practices of the Clinton Foundation.
During one of his debate with Clinton, Trump told her: “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation further."
Since the election, as legal analysts questioned the propriety of threatening a political opponent with a White House-authorized investigation, Trump has sent signals he would not pursue anything against Clinton or her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
"I don't want to hurt them," Trump said this month on CBS' 60 Minutes. "They're good people. I don't want to hurt them."
During her MSNBC interview Tuesday, Conway said Clinton “still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy,” and, “if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”