President-elect Donald Trump has decided that his administration will not pursue criminal investigations related to Hillary Clinton's private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said Tuesday.
Trump's apparent decison, conveyed by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe, would be an extraordinary break with political and legal protocol, which holds that the attorney general and FBI makes decisions on whether to conduct investigations and file charges, free of pressure from the president, the Washington Post reported.
During his campaign, Trump had issued incendiary calls for a special prosecutor to reopen the FBI's closed investigation of Clinton's use of a private server while secretary of state and had also urged investigations of allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation. He nicknamed the Democratic nominee "Crooked Hillary" and encouraged chants of "Lock her up!" at his rallies.
But Conway said Trump now sees things differently. "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, she said.
"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," she added.
Trump has not spoken directly about his apparent change of heart but hinted at it in a post-election interview with CBS's 60 Minutes.
"I'm going to think about it," he said. "I don't want to hurt them, I don't want to hurt them. They're, they're good people.''
Trump's conciliatory gesture stood in contrast to his continued fights on Twitter. The president-elect escalated his longstanding battle with the media on Tuesday, cancelling a meeting at The New York Times and blasting the publication on Twitter hours after he criticized TV journalists at another contentious sit-down.