Trump: 'I don't want to hurt the Clintons' over private email server

Trump: 'I don't want to hurt the Clintons' over private email server
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE doesn't feel "very strongly" about prosecuting Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKim Kardashian West defends Kanye on Trump: 'He's a free thinker, is that not allowed?' Trump comments on Fifth Amendment resurface after Cohen filing The 'Handmaid's Tale' liberal feminists created MORE for her use of a private email server, he told The New York Times in a Tuesday meeting, adding the former secretary of State has already "suffered greatly." 

In a broad-ranging sit-down with New York Times reporters, the president-elect indicated he would not pursue charges against his former Democratic rival. 

 

Asked if he has ruled out prosecuting Clinton, Trump said: "It's just not something that I feel strongly about." 

While Trump embraced his supporters' chants of "lock her up" during his campaign rallies, he said he doesn't "think they will be disappointed" in his decision.  

 

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning that perhaps Trump's decision not to prosecute Clinton will "help her heal." 

"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."

Trump said in his interview that the issue has been looked at "ad nauseum" and it's time for the country to move forward.

Trump routinely attacked Clinton during the campaign over her use of a private email server. 

He promised to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue the investigations, arguing that President Obama and the Clintons had used their influence to shape the Justice Department's investigation.

During one of the presidential debates, Trump said that Clinton would be in jail if he was elected.
 
At least some of his supporters, however, are indeed disappointed by the pivot. Breitbart.com ran a lead headline slamming the "broken promise" on Tuesday morning.