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Trump urges Justice Department to act on James Comey

By Sheetal Sukhija, Southeast Asia News
03 Jan 2018, 06:39 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to suggest that Huma Abedin, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, should face jail time.

Trump’s comments came days after the State Department posted emails found on Abedin’s estranged husband, Anthony Weiner’s computer that included confidential government information.

In his tweet, Trump also urged the Justice Department to act in prosecuting Abedin and former FBI director James B. Comey, who the president fired in May. 

Comey was fired at a time when the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and contacts between Moscow and Trump's campaign had intensified under him.

Responding to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, the State Department posted online copies of Abedin's emails from her nongovernment address that had been discovered on the laptop of Weiner, during an FBI investigation.

Trump’s statement came in reaction 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.

Previously, Trump accused Comey of leaking sensitive information after the former director testified that he had asked a friend to pass on some notes to the media.

Comey had revealed that he had taken these notes during his interactions with Trump and had asked his friend to pass on these notes to a reporter for the New York Times in hopes of securing a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation after he was fired. 

At the time, ethics experts said Comey's actions appeared to be legally protected, provided he did not disclose classified information.

Meanwhile, in his tweet, Trump referred to the “Deep State Justice Department,” an apparent reference to the president's contention that some elements of the U.S. intelligence apparatus have attempted to undermine his election. 

Trump has repeatedly argued that there is no evidence that he colluded with Russian agents during the campaign.

The Justice Department appointed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III after Comey was ousted.

Mueller now continues to handle the ongoing investigation and has brought charges against former Trump aides, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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