President-elect Trump all but ruled out the possibility of prosecuting Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in a meeting with reporters and staff at the New York Times.
"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump said, according to Mike Grynbaum, a Times reporter who attended the meeting. "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."
When asked if he has definitively ruled out the idea, Trump said, "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about," Grynbaum tweeted.
Trump added that he wants to "go forward," and said the Clinton email case has "been looked at for so long, ad nauseum."
The head of the FBI said over the summer that there was no clear case on which to prosecute Clinton, though Trump throughout his campaign vowed to take up the issue if elected.
His remarks came hours after his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, indicated that she didn't think Trump would prosecute Clinton. And while Trump's stance may disappoint some of his voters, thousands of whom chanted "lock her up!" during the campaign, Trump said he didn't think the shift in position would hurt him.
"I don't think they'll be disappointed," he said, according to the Times' Maggie Haberman. "I think I will explain it that we in many ways will save our country."