But several people cautioned that Trump is only "leaning that way," with one saying, "You know Trump. Can't ever say something is a done deal."
Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway today told MSNBC, "I think when the president-elect, who is also the head of your party, tells you ... he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a strong message — tone and content — to the members."
"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 Trump can help her heal, perhaps that's a good thing," Conway, Trump's former campaign manager, said. "I think he's thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them."
He has not commented on the Clinton matter since his selection for the post was announced last week.
In his first interview after winning the presidency, Trump told "60 Minutes" that he was "going to think about" whether to appoint a special prosecutor to further investigate Clinton for her use of a private email server and her handling of classified information. He added that the Clintons are "good people" and "I don't want to hurt them."
There is no way for a president to directly appoint a special prosecutor under federal law.
And while it is ultimately the decision of the attorney general, according to former senior Justice Department officials, if presented with an order by the president, the attorney general would have a choice to make: comply or resign.