Donald Trump’s aides confirm that, contrary to a campaign pledge, he will not authorize a special prosecutor to investigate election rival Hillary Clinton, USA Today reports. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC that the president-elect also hopes Congress will 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.
During the campaign, Trump threatened Clinton repeatedly with a further investigation of her use of a private e-mail server as Secretary of State as well as the fundraising practices of the Clinton Foundation. During one 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.” 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.