A top adviser to Donald Trump suggests that the U.S. president-elect wants to help Hillary Clinton “heal” and not pursue a probe of his former Democratic rival’s private email server.
Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC on Tuesday that Trump is setting a tone for congressional Republicans by refraining from calling for more investigations. She said that “he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges.”
Days earlier, Trump told CBS’s 60 Minutes that he wants to think about whether to look more into Clinton’s homebrew email server and the Justice Department’s decision to not recommend charges against her.
Now Conway says that, “if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.”
During the election campaign, Trump vowed to put his Democratic presidential rival “in jail” over the matter.
Meeting cancelled, uncancelled
Also on Tuesday morning, the Trump team reversed course twice on a meeting with reporters, editors and columnists at the New York Times.
Trump initially called off the meeting via Twitter, accusing the organization of changing the agreed-upon conditions “at the last moment.” The newspaper denied the charge and said Trump’s aides had tried to change the rules.
I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice
A few hours later, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the meeting was back on and he’d be “going to the New York Times” later in the day.
Trump had a similar, off-the-record meeting with top-level TV executives and some well-known network journalists on Monday, according to reports in the Times, the Washington Post and other news outlets. Trump is said to have complained that coverage of his campaign was “unfair” and “dishonest.”