The president elect had not spoken about his plan to investigate the Democrat since the election until now.

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From left: US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Getty Images

President elect Donald Trump has spoken out about his campaign pledge to jail his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton, suggesting he now has more important things to focus on.

Throughout his election campaign, the Republican hit out at Clinton over the investigation into her use of a private email server in her role as secretary of state, suggesting he would investigate her if he won the White House.

However, he has now said investigating his former rival is low down on his list of priorities, telling The Wall Street Journal: “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform.”

During the second presidential debate, Trump stepped up his previous suggestions he would investigate Clinton, stating she would be in jail if he were president.

“I’ll tell you what. I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump said.

“There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor.”

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Clinton responded.

“Because you’d be in jail,” Trump shot back.

His promise to investigate Clinton played well with some of his supporters, who like the idea of a probe into a politician they dislike, however, given the backlash against the election outcome, an investigation would be ill-advised at this point in time.