US President-elect Donald Trump announced on Tuesday he will not pursue a further investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. It was to help her “heal”, according to a spokeswoman. On the election trail Mr Trump had pledged to “jail” his opponent, often amid chants of “Lock her up”, from his supporters.
Mr Trump first sounded a change of heart over Mrs Clinton in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes following the election. “I’m going to think about it,” he told millions of viewers, adding he preferred to focus on jobs, healthcare and immigration in the early days of his administration.
He told the programme he did not want to “hurt” the Clintons because they are “good people”. The FBI cleared the battle hardened political campaigner just days before the election, though it made little difference to the result.
“When the president-elect tells you before he’s even inaugurated he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message – tone and content,” said Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.” She added: “I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.
Democrats have reacted to the news by attacking Mr Trump for even having suggested in the first place, he could pursue charges against Mrs Clinton. “That’s not how this works,” US Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted. “In our democracy, the President doesn’t decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn’t.”
There had been previous worries such a threat by Mr Trump would send a clear signal to the justice department regarding the revamping of The Justice department. Meanwhile The right-wing Breitbart News Network, strong supporters of the President-elect, swiftly implied the climb-down was a “broken promise”.