Donald Trump railed against Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the Justice Department and James Comey in a sprawling tweet on Tuesday.

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Trump suggests Huma Abedin be sent to ‘jail’ after email release

There's a lot going on in this tweet.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jan 2, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:22 am CDT

President Donald Trump seemed to suggest in a Tuesday tweet that the Justice Department should investigate his political opponents and former FBI Director James Comey.

In the same tweet, Trump also parroted the “deep state” conspiracy theory held by some of his most ardent supporters, including former White House strategist and head of Breitbart Steve Bannon.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid [sic], Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols,” he wrote. “She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

Trump’s railing against Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton, and the Justice Department appears to be a reference to a report from the hyper-conservative website the Daily Caller that said Abedin forwarded sensitive emails and passwords to her personal email account on Yahoo before the organization was hacked in August 2013.

While the president has routinely criticized Clinton and her campaign for their handling of emails, Trump has also leaked classified information to “foreign agents.” Last year, Trump told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States about classified information regarding the Islamic State during a meeting in the Oval Office.

The meeting with the Russian officials came the day after the president abruptly fired Comey, who was added to Trump’s tweet on Tuesday. Comey’s firing was a linchpin for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in last year’s election and possible ties between Trump’s campaign and the country.

The Daily Caller report stems from the State Department’s release of thousands of classified emails from Abedin’s nongovernment address found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, Abedin’s estranged husband, last week. The emails were part of an FBI investigation that was made public during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election.

The emails did not change the FBI’s stance that Clinton’s private email server warranted criminal charges.

Trump’s threat of prosecuting his political opponents and suggesting the idea of a “deep state” certainly energized his base online.

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*First Published: Jan 2, 2018, 9:36 am CST