It may be a new year, but if you were expecting a new Donald Trump to show up, well, you’re out of luck. In yet another bizarre and troubling attack launched on Twitter, President Donald Trump has accused the Department of Justice of being part of the “Deep State” while simultaneously calling on the organization to jail longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Previous presidents have considered exerting political influence over the Department of Justice to be inappropriate, but Trump, like he has with many aspects of the presidency, has displayed little restraint in trying to sway how the department operates.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid [sic], Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents,” wrote Trump. “Remember sailors [sic] pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”
Trump’s latest outburst was an apparent response to the State Department’s release of classified emails found on the laptop of Abedin’s estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, which the FBI famously investigated during the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. While Clinton was eventually cleared of criminal wrongdoing, Trump has nonetheless continued to call for further investigations of his former political rival while simultaneously deriding claims that Russia interfered in the election as a “witch hunt.” U.S. intelligence agencies such as the CIA and FBI have repeatedly confirmed that Russia interfered in the presidential election, and that their efforts had been largely intended to help Trump win.
Claims that Trump sexually harassed or assaulted more than a dozen women prior to his election are also “fake news,” according to the president, who wrote in a Tweet that he had never even met any of the women who had accused him. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and more than 100 Democrats have called for an investigation into Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct, accusations to which Trump has responded by attacking Gillibrand’s character.
Following the 2016 election, Abedin’s name was dragged into into the headlines last year as her husband, a former congressman, became embroiled in another sex scandal, one that landed him a 21-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to having carried on “obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct.”
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