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Trump on prosecuting Clinton: 'I think it would be very, very divisive'

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Donald Trump on Tuesday did not rule out pushing for investigations of Hillary Clinton, but said a probe would be "very very divisive" for the country.

"I'm not looking to go back and go through this," the president-elect told The New York Times, according to tweets from the newspaper's reporters.

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Trump told the Times that he did not think his supporters would be disappointed by the decision to go back on campaign promises to "lock her up."

"I think I will explain it that we in many ways will save our country," Trump said, according to a Times reporter. "My inclination would be for whatever power I have on the matter is to say let's go forward.This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseum."

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A Trump advisor had indicated earlier Tuesday that the president-elect was unlikely to pursue charges against his former rival.

"I think when the president-elect ... tells you before he's even inaugurated he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone and content, to the members [of Congress]," Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said during a television interview. "And 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."

But not everyone seems to think Trump's new Clinton position is a good thing: Breitbart, a far-right media organization that had been supportive of Trump throughout the campaign, ran a headline Tuesday morning blasting the president-elect for a "broken promise."