The explosive charge follows Trump’s repeated attacks on the FBI and agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller on the investigation into whether there was collusion between members of his presidential campaign and a Russian election meddling operation last year.
His assault, delivered via a tweet, suggested that Trump is again chafing against conventions that presidents normally observe to maintain the independence of judicial authorities and to avoid the perception of political interference in the Justice Department and the FBI.
The latest barb came when Trump suggested that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin should be jailed for reportedly including log-in details for government email accounts in personal emails.
“She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act?” Trump tweeted, apparently referencing a Daily Caller report
On Friday, some of Abedin’s emails were released by the State Department that were marked “confidential” and heavily redacted. One email Abedin forwarded to her personal email account from her State Department account included passwords for a two-step laptop log-in process, though that email was not marked classified as Trump claimed
Trump’s new attack was just his latest assault against the former Democratic nominee and her staff in a sequence that has continued long after the end of last year’s election campaign.
On the face of it, it appears to show the President, who is effectively the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, calling on his own Justice Department to pursue a prosecution against one of his political enemies — a scenario, which if carried out — would represent a departure from the standards of conduct normally expected of those who sit in the Oval Office.