"I'm not looking to go back and go through this," the president-elect told The New York Times.
Maggie Haberman tweet: Trump says "no" when asked if he is taking investigations off the table for Clintons but adds he doesn't want to "hurt the Clintons."
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."
Maggie Haberman tweet: "I think it would be very very divisive for the country," Trump says about prosecuting the Clintons.
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."