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‘I Don’t Want to Hurt’ Her: Trump Softens Stance on Prosecuting Clinton


When it comes to prosecuting Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump seems to be toning down his rhetoric from what he said on the campaign trail.  In the days and weeks leading up to the election, Trump repeatedly promised to go after Clinton for her use of a private email server. During a debate, he even told the former Secretary of State to her face that he would put her in jail.

But, in an interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl, Trump backed off a bit saying he “didn’t want to hurt them.” (referring to the Clintons).

WATCH via “60 Minutes”

When asked if he was going to appoint a special prosecutor and put her in jail, Trump replied, “I’m going to think about it.”

“I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to hurt them. They’re good people,” Trump said. He followed up, “I don’t want to hurt them… And I will give you an answer, a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”

These latest statements are very much in line with what Rudy Giuliani said last week on CNN after the election when he hinted he would consider dropping the case against Hillary Clinton if he were appointed U.S. Attorney General.

“We would have to talk about it,” Giuliani said about dropping any case against Clinton. “We would have to talk about the ramifications of that to other prosecutions … suppose more evidence came forward a year from now that we don’t know about now that makes it a worse situation.”

[image via 60 minutes]

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Rachel Stockman is Editor in Chief of Law&Crime and The Law&Crime Network. She is a former local news reporter, and was named Atlanta Press Club's 'Rising Star' in 2014. Rachel graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Yale Law School.