After eight years of a politicized Washington “swamp,” where the IRS under Barack Obama openly targeted conservatives and Christians, where Islamists were invited to set policy for the nation’s law enforcers, where the president himself actively ridiculed police officers trying to protect the public, now there’s a claim that the Department of Justice is being politicized.
The claim comes from an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which calls itself a Muslim civil-rights organization.
The move was prompted by President Trump’s call for the law to be enforced regarding Huma Abedin, a Muslim who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton while she was U.S. secretary of state.
Trump’s social-media statement, noting Abedin allegedly jeopardized classified information by putting it on a laptop belonging to her now-ex-husband Anthony Weiner, suggests that the law be followed for all.
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. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
That, claimed Robert McCar, the government affairs chief for CAIR, is just wrong.
“Calling for the imprisonment of political rivals is a clear attempt by President Trump to further politicize the Department of Justice. Every American who values the constitutional guarantee of due process should be outraged by the president’s statements.”
The president’s tweet, however, highlighted a double standard for punishments when it comes to handling classified materials, as U.S. Navy Petty Officer Kristian Saucier was charged and convicted of a felony for taking pictures of a confidential propulsion system as a keepsake of his service. He was ultimately sent to prison.
Saucier himself noted Hillary Clinton stored information of a far more classified status on an unsecure server, and yet she was not charged for her negligence.
Saucier claimed this is evidence of how powerful people are exempt from the same laws which were used against him.
Trump’s use of the term “Deep State” reflects an awareness of this network of mutual protection which seemingly covers government insiders.
His suggestion to the Justice Department to investigate and possibly jail Abedin is also a way for the president to take the offensive in some of the legal battles which have been hampering his presidency, and strike back against adversaries such as former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey testified in a May Senate hearing Abedin had forwarded hundreds of thousands of emails to her husband Anthony Weiner so they could be printed out. Some of the emails, recently released thanks to a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, were marked classified.
President Trump’s action shows the commander-in-chief evidently agrees with Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton’s recent plea for a “serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”
As WND recently reported, the politics have permeated the case.
For example, the decision by former director James Comey not to charge Abedin or Hillary Clinton with a crime was heavily influenced by FBI agent Peter Strzok, a vocal opponent of President Trump who until recently was serving as part of Robert Mueller’s team in the “Russian collusion” investigation.
Abedin also made misleading statements about the mishandling of national secrets, but unlike former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, faced no consequences.
The Daily Caller reported Tuesday Huma Abedin sent sensitive State Department emails, including the passwords to government systems and the PIN number to access a secure State Department website, to her personal Yahoo account.
In 2013, Yahoo was hacked, and the company stated “all Yahoo user accounts were affected.”
Among the information sent to an unsecured account was the name and email address of the person who obtains the classified Presidential Daily Brief. Other emails contained classified information regarding American counter-drug operations in Mexico, notes about a possible confrontation between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and correspondence related to the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Besides possibly criminal conduct in mishandling classified information, new records obtained by Judicial Watch show Abedin removed five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department, including records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents.”
Hillary Clinton was also allowed to remove personal correspondence and certain binders which may contain evidence related to accusations of a a pay-to-play scheme in which donations to the Clinton Foundation led to influence over policy.
Abedin did not only enable foreign adversaries to obtain American secrets but could possibly pose a security threat herself, reports suggest.
For several years, Abedin edited the journal for the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), an organization established by the government of Saudi Arabia. Abedin’s mother, an Islamist activist and academic, was even permitted to edit the content of a speech which was to be given in Saudi Arabia by then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Other members of Abedin’s family have also been prosecuted by the Justice Department for conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud.
However, President Trump evidently believes the Justice Department, or at least a significant part of it, has allowed Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin to escape any consequences for their crimes.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated Tuesday President Trump “obviously” does not believe the “entire” Justice Department is part of the “Deep State,” but that there are fundamental issues about the rule of law involved.
“The facts of the case are very disturbing and I think the president wants to make clear that he doesn’t feel that anyone should be above the law,” Sanders told reporters.