Trump urges Justice Department to ‘act’ on former FBI director Comey

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President Donald Trump returned with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron to the White House in Washington on Monday after vacationing at their resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump made his first “Crooked Hillary” Twitter post less than 48 hours into the new year on Tuesday, accusing a former Clinton aide of “disregarding basic security protocols,” and calling his own Justice Department a “deep state.”

WASHINGTON — President Trump made his first “Crooked Hillary” Twitter post less than 48 hours into the new year Tuesday, accusing a former Clinton aide of “disregarding basic security protocols,” and calling his own Justice Department a “deep state.”

“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols,” he wrote. “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.”


Attacking his former Democratic opponent from the 2016 presidential election and taking aim at his own Justice Department struck familiar tones for the new year. Almost 14 months after the 2016 presidential election, Trump has kept up a regular drumbeat of attacks on Clinton. Last year, Trump also criticized the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not pursing investigations of his political opponents.

Tuesday morning’s Twitter post followed an article in The Daily Caller, a conservative publication that Trump closely monitors. The article said Abedin forwarded some government passwords to her private Yahoo e-mail account in 2009, when Clinton was secretary of state. Yahoo was hacked in 2013, which affected all 3 billion of its accounts. After the breach, the data was offered for sale by a hacking collective based in Eastern Europe.

Trump also implored his administration to investigate Abedin. The term “deep state” typically refers to a shadow government of agency officials who secretly plot to influence policy; they are usually associated with countries that have authoritarian elements that undercut democratically elected leaders.

On Friday, the State Department released about 3,000 of Abedin’s work-related e-mails. The e-mails were found on the laptop of Abedin’s now estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, and were released as part of a public records request.

The e-mails found on Weiner’s computer are a sore spot for Clinton. James Comey, the former FBI director, had notified Congress shortly before the 2016 election about the existence of newly discovered e-mails that could be relevant to the closed investigation into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state.


Clinton, in a book released last year, said Comey’s October 2016 disclosure hurt her campaign’s momentum and helped Trump win the election.

In his Twitter post, Trump also referred to the case of a Navy sailor who was jailed for taking pictures inside a military submarine. According to a report on Fox News, the sailor had hoped to receive a pardon from the president, but has not.

New York Times

Trump’s Ireland club is losing money

NEW YORK — Donald Trump has lost money for a third year in a row at his golf club in Ireland.

Financial statements filed with the Irish government show the president’s resort on the island’s west coast lost about $2.6 million in 2016, the latest year available. The losses come amid signs of trouble at some of his other golf resorts. His two Scottish resorts, for example, recently reported losses had doubled in 2016.

There are signs of improvement at the Irish property, though. Revenue rose in 2016, and losses are smaller, down 14 percent from a year earlier.

The Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg was hurt by a shutdown for 2015 and part of 2016 while the property was being refurbished. A statement by the resort’s directors says they expect it to turn an operating profit in 2017. Those results aren’t expected until late 2018.


The latest losses were first reported by the Irish Times. The newspaper quoted the general manager of the resort saying that revenue jumped an additional 10 percent in 2017, and that the resort is enjoying ‘‘record green fee business and a steady flow of new members.’’

Including the latest results, the Doonbeg resort has lost about $8.8 million (7.3 million euros) in the three years through 2016. Trump bought the property in 2014.

Trump has been losing money at his two Scottish resorts for three years, too. In 2016, he posted $23 million in losses. Trump has angered local residents at a resort overlooking the North Sea in Aberdeen with what they claim have been bullying tactics over the years in an effort to expand his property.

The Irish course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is considered one of the Europe’s best, but has attracted some controversy, too. Trump last month received approval from a local government to build a wall to protect his course from rising seas. The wall has angered some local residents and environmentalists who say the structure will damage dunes in the area and a public beach.

Some of Trump’s golf courses in the United States appear to be facing a backlash from players since he took office. His public courses in Los Angeles and one in the New York have reportedly faced drops in revenue in recent months.

Just how Trump’s other courses have fared as well as his many branded hotels, office towers, and residential buildings is unclear because the business is privately held and doesn’t release much financial information. Trump stepped down from management of his business when he took office, but retains ownership through a trust managed by his two adult sons.

Associated Press