Trump backs away from campaign vow to prosecute Clintons
Posted: 2:29 pm Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
After months of campaign rallies where he vowed to press for a new investigation of Hillary Clinton, President-Elect Donald Trump backed away from that promise during a Tuesday interview with the New York Times, as Mr. Trump indicated that he would rather not have his administration pursue a further probe of the Clinton Foundation as well as questions about Mrs. Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State.
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons,” Mr. Trump said in a meeting with New York Times reporters and editors.
"I think it would be very very divisive for the country," Trump says about prosecuting the Clintons.
The idea that Trump would back away from his vow to go after Hillary Clinton – which often drew the chant, “Lock her up!” on the campaign trail – disappointed some of Clinton’s critics.
“Donald Trump must commit his administration to a serious, independent investigation of the very serious Clinton national security, email, and pay-to-play scandals,” the group Judicial Watch said in a written statement.
Judicial Watch said such a move “would be a betrayal of his promise to the American people to “drain the swamp” of out-of-control corruption in Washington.”
Others vented their frustration on social media as well.
A bunch of nonsense. He doesn't want to hurt the Clintons? WOW really well i guess i was watching a different Trump at all his speeches https://t.co/hbwXXG0uTU