During the US election race, Trump insisted if he got elected, he would hire a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s emails and the operations of the Clinton Foundation.
The hotelier businessman often criticised Clinton’s “sleazy” campaign and regularly led chants of “lock her up, lock her up” at rallies.
But after winning the election, the Republican billionaire appeared to backtrack on his promises, telling CBS he would “think about it” as he was more interested in focusing on healthcare, job creation and other pressing political matters.
Now, in what appears to be an effort to honour his promise while nevertheless maintaining a focus on domestic affairs, the incoming President is urging US ambassadors to encourage foreign governments to carry out investigations.
Trump is particularly keen to see probes launched in Haiti and Columbia – two countries that have been connected to allegedly shady operations of the Clinton Foundation.
A source close to Trump said: “Haiti and Columbia will be key diplomatic posts for this because of all the money involved.”
The Clinton Foundation Foundation is under scrutiny over claims it carried out charity work in Columbia with an ulterior motive.
It is alleged the foundation cleared large swathes of land, which were later reportedly sold to one of the Foundation’s key donors, Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra, who pledged $100million to the Foundation in 2005.
Watchdogs are currently investigating the Foundation based on these claims.
Critics of the Foundation claim it operated “pay-to-play” arrangements to foreign donors, accepting funds in exchange for favourable US government policies.
Since Trump stormed to victory in the US election, several foreign governments including France, Australia and Norway, have taken the decision to cut or scale back links with the Foundation.