Top aide: Trump won’t pros­e­cute Clin­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By ANITA KU­MAR

NEW YORK

McClatchy Wash­ing­ton Bu­reau

— Don­ald Trump pledged to pros­e­cute his ri­val, Hil­lary Clin­ton, dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial race. On Tues­day, he broke that prom­ise.

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Con­way said Tues­day on MSNBC that Trump would not ap­point a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to in­ves­ti­gate Clin­ton’s emails or fam­ily foun­da­tion.

“When the pres­i­dent tells you he doesn’t wish to pur­sue the charges, it sends a strong mes­sage,” Con­way said in an in­ter­view on MSNBC’s Morn­ing Joe. “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 Trump can help her heal, per­haps that’s a good thing.”

Trump, him­self, said af­ter the elec­tion that was no longer a pri­or­ity. In an in­ter­view on “60 Min­utes,” he called the Clin­tons “good peo­ple.”

“I’m go­ing to think about it ... I don’t want to hurt them,” he said.

But at the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial de­bate Trump threat­ened Clin­ton, say­ing that “if I win, I am go­ing to in­struct my at­tor­ney gen­eral to get a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to look into your sit­u­a­tion.”

“Look, I think he’s think­ing of many dif­fer­ent things as he pre­pares to be­come the pres­i­dent of the United States, and things that sound like the cam­paign are not among them,” Con­way said Tues­day.

Some Democrats, in­clud­ing Clin­ton her­self, have blamed her sur­pris­ing loss to the FBI’s de­ci­sion to open an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her use of a pri­vate email sys­tem for govern­ment busi­ness in the clos­ing days of the pres­i­den­tial race. She de­nied any wrong­do­ing. The case was closed with no charges filed.

CHRIS­TIAN GOODEN/ST. LOUIS POST-DIS­PATCH/TNS

Don­ald Trump and and Hil­lary Clin­ton on stage dur­ing the sec­ond de­bate be­tween the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates on Oct. 9. Trump’s top aide said Tues­day he would not ap­point a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to in­ves­ti­gate Clin­ton’s emails or fam­ily foun­da­tion.

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