Trump suggests 'Deep State Justice Dept' jail Clinton aide over emails

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a longtime aide to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton belongs in prison because of classified information found on her husband’s laptop, prompting questions from critics about how far he is willing to press what he considers his “absolute” authority over the Department of Justice.

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

Trump appeared to be referring to a Daily Caller report mentioned on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday positing that emails Abedin forwarded to her Yahoo account could have been obtained by hostile foreign actors who breached hundreds of millions of users.

Following a lawsuit by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, the State Department last Friday released copies of emails found on a laptop belonging to Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner during a probe of Weiner’s sexting with an underage girl.

The existence of the emails was first made public less than two weeks before the 2016 election when then-FBI Director James Comey revealed the investigation of Clinton’s email practices was being reopened. Comey later announced the emails found on the laptop had not changed investigators’ decision not to recommend charges in the case.

Several of the emails released Friday were redacted due to sensitive and classified information. Abedin had told investigators she sometimes forwarded emails to her personal account in order to print them.

One email Abedin sent to her Yahoo account in