On prosecution of Hillary Clinton

'I don't want to hurt the Clintons'

Mr Trump said he had no plans to press for a probe against Mrs Clinton or the Clinton Foundation.
Mr Trump said he had no plans to press for a probe against Mrs Clinton or the Clinton Foundation.

NEW YORK • US President-elect Donald Trump said he had no intention of pressing for an investigation into Mrs Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state or financial acts committed by the Clinton Foundation.

During campaign rallies, Mr Trump often fired up his supporters by calling for investigations.

"I want to move forward," Mr Trump said. "I don't want to hurt the Clintons... She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all." He added: "I think it would be very, very divisive for the country."

While he said that "we will have people that do things" - perhaps a reference to the FBI or Republicans who might continue to press for prosecutions in the e-mail case or of the foundation - Mr Trump made clear that he would not seek to pursue an investigation himself nor make it a priority after he assumes office.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2016, with the headline ' 'I don't want to hurt the Clintons''. Print Edition | Subscribe