NEW YORK — After vowing to put Hillary Clinton in jail over her email scandal throughout his campaign, Donald Trump said he will “think about” prosecuting his former opponent during his “60 Minutes” interview.
In his interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl, Trump was asked if he would ask a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton and her use of a private email server.
“Well, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to think about it,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday night.
Trump deterred from the question by saying he had a greater focus on other agendas he promised during his campaign including an immigration bill, jobs and healthcare.
The president-elect said Clinton “did some bad things,” but he didn’t want to hurt her and Bill Clinton despite calling her “crooked Hillary” throughout the his presidential campaign.
“I don’t want to hurt them. They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do 60 Minutes together,” Trump said.
Trump’s answer is much different than what he had promised throughout his campaign. He told the audience during the second presidential debate that if he were elected president, there will be an investigation into Clinton.
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies,” Trump said back in October. “People have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one-fifth of what you’ve done.”
At one point Trump even said “because you’d be in jail” in response to Clinton’s comment.
The FBI said in July that Clinton will not face criminal charges for her use of a private email server. But the scandal was brought up again 11 days before Election Day when FBI Director James Comey sent out a letter saying the agency is taking another look at her emails. She was cleared nine days later when a second letter was sent out exonerating her.
During a conference call with donors Saturday, Clinton placed some blame on Comey for her election loss. She said the new development was too much for her campaign to “overcome” and that it tore down the momentum she had built during the last few months before Nov. 8.