The State Department finally released a batch of emails found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner on Friday – emails that belonged to his estranged wife Huma Abedin who was a top aide of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The emails, many of which were marked classified by the State Department in retrospect, have thrust the Clinton saga back into the headlines and have led to the President of the United States calling for punitive action.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols,” Trump wrote on Tuesday. “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.”
As you’ll recall, the emails were originally discovered by the FBI only a few weeks prior to the November 2016 election. Upon finding the hidden trove (in the course of investigating Weiner for online sex crimes), FBI Director Jim Comey sent a letter to Congress advising them that the Hillary Clinton case was officially being reopened. While it was closed again only days before the election, the Clinton camp has repeatedly blamed Comey for giving the victory to Trump.
It’s not an understatement to say that this is perhaps President Trump’s most controversial tweet in some time…which is saying something. By invoking the “sailors pictures on submarine,” he is recalling the case of Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, whose unauthorized photographs netted him a prison sentence. Trump is making the argument that if Saucier’s crime was good enough for imprisonment, Abedin’s is as well. He is directly pointing the finger at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and daring him to stand idly by while Abedin and her cohorts get away with what is patently and obviously a crime.
Abedin reportedly sent the emails to Weiner as a measure of convenience, asking her husband to print out material she wanted to give to Clinton in the physical format. It wasn’t good enough that Clinton and her buddies sent sensitive material to every unsecured laptop and server in the Northeast; they had to compound the problem by printing out these documents and leaving them scattered around where any maid, gardener, or coffee boy could come across them and bone up on our national security secrets. Like Trump, we remain baffled as to how Clinton and company escaped justice.
But of course, that’s not really true. We KNOW how they escaped justice. They were subject to a farce of an investigation that never intended to find them guilty of anything in the first place. We know this, of course, because we have Comey on record having written the first draft of his exoneration speech several months before the culmination of the investigation. And we have evidence that pro-Clinton forces within the Bureau had a hand in softening that speech so that Comey could criticize Hillary’s “carelessness” without actually stumbling afoul of federal statutes governing the dissemination of classified material. It was a sham from the get-go, and Comey was a willing participant.
Will Sessions actually take his cues from the president and force a new investigation? Or is he “recused” from this matter as well?