President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, should be jailed after the State Department’s release last week of classified emails found on the laptop of Abedin’s estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”
Trump’s tweet came just days after the State Department released a trove of work-related emails from Abedin that were found on the laptop of her husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner. The laptop was seized by the FBI in late October 2016 in relation to a case involving Weiner’s sexting of a teen girl, but it ended up entangling Clinton and Abedin in the presidential race’s final days.
Trump’s mention of “sailors pictures on submarine” refers to the 2016 jailing of a Navy sailor who took photos of classified spaces in a nuclear attack submarine. The sailor was sentenced to a year in prison.
The State Department, responding to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, posted online copies of Abedin’s emails from her nongovernment address that had been discovered on the laptop of her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, during an FBI investigation.
In his tweet, Trump appeared to be reacting to a report in the Daily Caller that found Abedin had forwarded State Department passwords to her personal Yahoo account before Yahoo faced high-level hacks that affected all account-holders.
Abedin’s emails shook the 2016 presidential race.Former FBI Director James Comey, who led the Clinton email investigation, said during a congressional hearing last year that he believed Abedin forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so that she could give them to Clinton.
The discovery of those records reopened the case against Clinton, several months after Comey said he wasn’t recommending any charges be filed in the case.