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Trump on prosecuting Clinton: 'I think it would be very, very divisive'

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes her concession speech, after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes her concession speech, after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump.

Donald Trump on Tuesday did not rule out pushing for investigations of Hillary Clinton, but said a probe would be "very very divisive" for the country.

"I'm not looking to go back and go through this," the president-elect told The New York Times, according to tweets from the newspaper's reporters.

Trump told the Times that he did not think his supporters would be disappointed by the decision to go back on campaign promises to "lock her up."

"I think I will explain it that we in many ways will save our country," Trump said, according to a Times reporter. "My inclination would be for whatever power I have on the matter is to say let's go forward.This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseum."


A Trump advisor had indicated earlier Tuesday that the president-elect was unlikely to pursue charges against his former rival.

"I think 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, to the members [of Congress]," Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said during a television interview. "And 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."

But not everyone seems to think Trump's new Clinton position is a good thing: Breitbart, a far-right media organization that had been supportive of Trump throughout the campaign, ran a headline Tuesday morning blasting the president-elect for a "broken promise."