US President-elect Donald Trump
may encourage foreign nations to investigate his defeated Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, a report says.
In the run-up to the November 8 election, Trump vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton over her use of a private email server and the issue of large foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation during her time as secretary of state.
The billionaire businessman, however, announced last week he would not prosecute the former secretary of state and first lady over these issues.
Despite Trump’s statement, The New York Post reports, the incoming Republican president is planning to advise American ambassadors to encourage foreign governments to probe the Clinton Foundation’s finances.
“Haiti and Colombia will be key diplomatic posts for this because of all the money involved,” the newspaper reported on Sunday, quoting a source said to be close to Trump.
According to recently leaked emails, people with ties to the Clinton Foundation were given priority by the State Department to receive federal funds in the wake of the Haitian earthquake, the report said.
Founded by former US President Bill Clinton in 1997, the Clinton Foundation has come under bipartisan fire for accepting foreign donations in exchange for influence.
Hillary Clinton using a private email server while the US secretary of state (file photo)
According to leaked emails belonging to Clinton’s confidants, like John Podesta, there seems to have been some connections between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation, back when Hillary Clinton was in charge.
In one of the conversations, a foundation official named Doug Band tells Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin to make sure that a Lebanese national gets a certain job at the department.
Clinton has also come under fire for using a private email account and server at her home in New York for official emails when she was America’s top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.
Trump has also blasted Clinton’s use of the private email server while secretary of state, and her decision to delete some 33,000 emails, calling it a scandal that is “worse than Watergate.”
Although Clinton was once cleared of all charges regarding her possible mishandling of government secrets, but Trump wants to reopen the case.