Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

Hugh Fox
September 6, 2018

President Donald Trump's attack on his own Justice Department for pursuing cases against two GOP congressmen is drawing fire from his fellow Republicans.

A pair of tweets Monday by Mr. Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for bringing corruption charges against two "very popular" Republican lawmakers so close to November because, he suggested, it hurts the GOP's chances of holding the House. For example, when the Justice Department went to court this year to block AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner, the telecom giant sought to compel White House documents that could have showed whether Trump may have inappropriately directed antitrust regulators to stymie the deal. Both were indicted on separate charges last month: Rep. Duncan Hunter of California on charges that included spending campaign funds for personal expenses and Rep. Chris Collins of NY on insider-trading charges. That statement from President Trump seemed to have been the final straw for Sessions, who issued a rare public statement, vowing that, while he is attorney general, the Department of Justice "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into reported Russian efforts to influence U.S. public opinion throughout Trump's presidency, after USA intelligence agencies concluded that entities backed by the Kremlin had sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016.

The tweet also amounts to Trump's latest broadside against his attorney general, whose recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign Trump has refused to forgive and continued to fume about.

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He adds: "Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public". Rob Manning, said Mattis was never interviewed by Woodward. Dowd is quoted as telling the president, "Don't testify".

The justice department's comments indicate further scrutiny of the tech giant's control of the information ecosystem.

In an interview with Bloomberg last week, President Trump said "I won't comment on the breaking up, of whether it's that or Amazon or Facebook. Really sick!" Trump added in another tweet.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has scheduled the meeting for September, DOJ spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement, the Hill reported.

In a second tweet, Trump said Democrats "must love" Sessions and likened the situation to Democrats support for former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired previous year.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the tweet indicated Trump and Sessions "do not have a healthy relationship".

Still, Mr Sessions has made clear to associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Mr Trump's constant criticism.

No exaggeration: if any other elected leader in a Western democracy tried to instruct their top law enforcement official to shield their political allies from prosecution for political reasons like this, they would be forced to resign within hours.

United States political scientist and columnist Brian Klass called Mr Trump's outburst "insane". I know they've got a strained, toxic relationship. He has denigrated the FBI, impugned the motives of judges, attacked the investigation into his campaign's involvement with a foreign adversary, repeatedly ridiculed his attorney general and called for political rivals to be imprisoned.

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Mr Ohr is linked to the dossier of allegations of possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation . At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.

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