President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning in an effort to focus the Justice Department’s attention to the very documents they released to the media on Friday evening.
“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 the submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”
The document dump released by the DOJ on Friday evening contained emails from Huma Abedin’s account which the FBI located on a laptop belonging to her now incarcerated husband, Anthony Weiner. Within the batch of documents were emails Abedin sent to her Yahoo account which contained passwords to other government systems. Abedin sent this classified information to her Yahoo account prior to the internet giant declaring that every account they oversaw had been hacked and compromised. The batch of emails the FBI located on Weiner’s laptop also contained classified information, at least 5 were marked as such.
Anthony Weiner was investigated by the FBI for sending lewd pictures to an underage female under the pen name, Carlos Danger. Weiner subsequently pleaded guilty to reduced charges and is now serving a 21 month prison term at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts.
President Trump has often signaled dismay with regard to the knit-glove treatment that Democrats receive while Republicans and non-partisans are treated in a more strident manner. Nothing can display this more accurately than comparing the Patraeus scandal with the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
General David Patraeus was forced to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of mishandling classified information for allowing his biographer access to sensitive government information. Hillary Clinton ordered the unrecoverable destruction of electronic equipment that was under FBI subpoena and received no punishment what-so-ever. Since disgraced former FBI Director James Comey was fired, we found out that the FBI found Hillary Clinton and aids to be “grossly negligent” in their handling of classified information, which is criminal. However the language was nixed by Agent Peter Strzok who was recently fired from the Mueller special counsel due to injecting political bias into his investigatory work on Russia election meddling. Peter Strzok was found to have a pro-Hillary Clinton bias, an issue further complicated by him taking part in interviews of Hillary Clinton as it pertained to her unlawful handling of classified information. This comparison is a glaring example of a double standard within the legal system.
Please do not misunderstand the comparison. General Patraeus made poor choices and the FBI and DOJ were justified in their pursuit. However, the same pursuit of justice should have been applied to Hillary Clinton and her aids; clearly it was not.
The President decided to draw a comparison between what happens to U.S. soldiers when they mishandle classified information as opposed to high-profile Democrats when they mishandle classified information. President Trump illustrated this through invoking the name of U.S. Navy Sailor Kristian Saucier, who was imprisoned for taking unauthorized photographs inside of a nuclear submarine. The same pursuit of justice that imprisoned Navy Sailor Kristian Saucier should have been applied to Hillary Clinton and aids; clearly it was not.
In the United States we pride ourselves on the perceived notion that there is equal justice under the law. Regardless of who you are, what your status is, what your race is, what political proclivities you hold, you should still receive a fair day in court. However it seems this precept of “equal justice under the law” maybe misplaced or outdated as we move into a new era of political divisions and tribalism that has invaded the vary occupations of those whom we once believed to be “beyond reproach.”
The President is the leader of not just the United States, but the free world. And must call out injustice wherever it lies, even when it’s within his own Justice Department. If we want to heal the divisions in this country, a great place to start would be the Department of Justice. Unequal justice under the law will only foment further resentment between political counterparts and deepen the political divide.