Trump accuses Sessions of hurting U.S. Republican congressional races

Hugh Fox
September 4, 2018

US President Donald Trump has escalated his attacks on Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in mid-term jeopardy with recent indictments of two Republican congressmen.

Trump did not address the charges, just the politics.

Prosecutors last month charged California Representative Duncan Hunter with corruption for misusing campaign money and New York Representative Christopher Collins with insider trading .

"The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", Trump quipped. The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!

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Trump has previously pressed Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department.

Trump's suggestion that Sessions should have withheld charges against two fellow Republicans for purely political reasons seemed a remarkably unapologetic blurring of a traditional line between presidential authority and the law.

"The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party", he said in a statement.

AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, responded to Trump's tweet by saying the Justice Department "should always remain apolitical, and the speaker has demonstrated he takes these charges seriously".

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The tension between Mr Trump and Mr Sessions boiled over recently with Mr Sessions punching back, saying that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

George Conway is throwing himself into the new mix-up between Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. "That is fodder for the cannon of Bob Mueller and the never-Trumpers and all those who wish the president ill", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends", referencing Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential obstruction of justice.

But some now see him as a bulwark against attacks on the Justice Department.

He said the DOJ would have been "most unwise" to wait until after the midterms to issue these indictments. He was also under investigation by congressional ethics officials. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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Trump stayed at the White House on Monday, watching television. If the charges end up being dropped as a result of Trump's tweet, then Toobin would have a stronger argument.

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