An aide said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump does not plan to pursue any charges against Hillary Clinton, breaking one of his long-held campaign promises to launch continued investigations into the Democratic presidential candidate.
"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 fellow Republicans]," Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager-turned-adviser, said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
All presidential candidates recalibrate their positions some after the election, but this marks a significant shift for Trump, who during one of the presidential debates with Clinton in October vowed to "instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation" if he won the presidency.
But according to Conway, Trump isn't necessarily set on following through with all of his campaign promises. He is "thinking of many different things as he prepares to become president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them," she said.
Instead of an investigation into Clinton, Conway said that if the president-elect "can help her heal then perhaps that's a good thing to do," but she noted that the former secretary of state "still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don't find her to be honest or trustworthy."
On the bitter campaign trail to the White House, Trump would often invoke Clinton, slamming his rival for alleged "pay-to-play" practices during her years at the State Department, as his most ardent supporters would chant, "Lock her up! Lock her up!"