Donald Trump says he is 'not looking to go back' over Hillary Clinton emails

Trump told Clinton during a debate that he would aim to have a 'special prosecutor look into your situation'

Donald Trump says he is 'not looking to go back' over Hillary Clinton emails

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President-elect Donald Trump has signalled he wants to move on from the controversy over rival Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Speaking at a meeting with the New York Times, Mr Trump said "no" when asked if he would rule out investigating his Democratic opponent over her family's charity or her use of the server while she was secretary of state.

But he went on to say he did not want to "hurt the Clintons" and added: "I'm not looking to go back through this."

One of his aides earlier also said he does not want to pursue further investigations into Mrs Clinton.

"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," Kellyanne Conway said.

The comments mark a contrast with the President-elect's rhetoric on the campaign trail, when he called Mrs Clinton "Crooked Hillary" and hit out at the Justice Department for refusing to prosecute her.

Mr Trump told her face-to-face at a presidential debate that if he won the election, she would "be in jail".

Ms Conway suggested the disparity between Mr Trump's taunts on the campaign trail and his approach now is part of a deliberate shift away from at least the tone, if not the substance, of his past rhetoric.

"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 aren't among them," she said.

In an interview with 60 Minutes shortly after his election victory, Mr Trump said he wanted to think about whether to pursue the email issue, and the Justice Department's decision to not recommend charges against her.

In that interview he praised Mrs Clinton for being "very strong and very smart," and said she and Bill Clinton could not have been nicer after the election. 

"She did some bad things, I mean she did some bad things," Mr Trump said. "I don't want to hurt them. I don't want to hurt them. They're, they're good people. I don't want to hurt them."