President-elect Donald Trump is not expected to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning.
“I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “But if Donald Trump can help her heal then, perhaps, that’s a good thing.”
Asked whether Mr. Trump will also encourage congressional Republican leaders not to investigate Clinton over her email practices -- for which the FBI has recommended no charges -- Conway said Mr. Trump “doesn’t wish to” pursue charges and that that is a “strong message” to other Republicans on the issue.
“I think when the president-elect, who’s also the head of your party now, Joe, tells you before he’s even inaugurated he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges it sends a very strong message, tone, and content to the members,” she said.
During the second presidential debate, Mr. Trump suggested he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s email practices and her handling of classified material. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception,” he said.
But in the days since being elected president, Mr. Trump has backed down from that position. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” he said he was “going to think about” whether to follow through on ordering the investigation.
“I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to hurt them,” he said of the Clintons. “They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them.”