Among several posts on Twitter on Tuesday, President Donald Trump assailed Huma Abedin, a former aide to "Crooked" Hillary Clinton. The president also called on the Department of Justice to look into Abedin’s handling of classified information while she served Clinton at the Department of State. “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols,” Trump tweeted. “She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on the submarine? Jail!” 

Appearing to associate the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Session with elements of the federal government opposed to the Trump administration, Trump also tweeted,  “Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

In the reference to a submarine, Trump was referring to U.S. Navy Sailor Kristian Saucier. Saucier was sentenced to prison for taking unauthorized photos inside a nuclear submarine where he served. The president appeared to be suggesting that a double standard is at work in the federal government, given the lack of punishment for Clinton and her top aides. In 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey investigated Clinton’s use of a private unsecure email server while she served in the Obama administration. Comey said in 2016 that he would not recommend criminal prosecution, even while he admitted that Clinton had been “extremely careless” with classified information.

As reported last Friday by Spero News, the State Department released 2,800 emails from Abedin’s account were discovered by the FBI on a non-secure laptop in the possession of her estranged husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner. Four documents on the computer were classified at the “Confidential” level. Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails to her personal Yahoo email account, and also sent passwords for her government laptop to her Yahoo account on Aug. 24, 2009. This was before the 2013 hack of all Yahoo email accounts.

Seeking to explain Abedin’s breach of protocol, former FBI Director Comey told Congress last year that he believed Abedin had forwarded emails to her husband, Anthony Weiner, for him to print out so that she could deliver them to Clinton. When news of the emails broke in October 2016, Comey told Congress on October 28, 2016, that more of Clinton’s messages were found on Weiner’s laptop. The FBI had seized the laptop as part of a separate investigation into sexting for which Weiner was eventually convicted and imprisoned.

At issue is whether Abedin and Clinton can be prosecuted for improper handling of classified material. Confidential classification is given to documents and information that, if given to unauthorized persons, can “reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security,” according to federal law. 

Among the documents found on Weiner’s laptop were sensitive communications about Clinton’s meetings with foreign heads of state, including the Israeli premier and the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. 
 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a controversial Muslim advocacy group, denounced President Trump in the wake of his early morning tweet. According to a CAIR press release, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw reacted. "Every American who values the constitutional guarantee of due process should be outraged by the president's statements." McCaw said, "Calling for the imprisonment of political rivals is a clear attempt by President Trump to further politicize the Department of Justice." CAIR has become involved in defending Muslims in trouble in the past. In December 2015, following a deadly terrorist attack in Sacramento, California, CAIR represented members of the terrorists' family.

Anonymous street artists have posted signs on roads leading into California. Adding to the “Welcome to California”, the anonymous artists have added signs of their own that read: “OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE, Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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