Monday, 24 September, 2018

Jeff Sessions threatens Republican midterm hopes with indictments, Trump tweets

Trump assails Sessions for pursuing two Republicans' cases Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general
| 04 September, 2018, 17:49

Trump went on Twitter on Sunday afternoon to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the timing of the indictments of Reps.

The President's suggestion that the Justice Department consider politics when making decisions continued Mr Trump's disregard for the agency's independence.

President Trump stepped up his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, hammering him over criminal charges recently brought against two Republican congressmen, which may jeopardize the GOP's chances of holding those seats in the midterm elections.

Later in August Representative Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted for allegedly using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses.

On Aug. 8, Congressman Christopher Collins, a Republican who was candidate Trump's first supporter in the House, was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served.

He went on to say that "the Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", before going on to make the ultimate insult in Trump speak - a comparison to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.


President Trump has tweeted things that at the very least pushed the bounds of obstruction of justice.

They were charged with wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy after a Justice Department investigation that lasted more than a year. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

Trump pointed to the popularity of the two men who faced an easy re-election before being indicted. "Instead of commenting on ongoing investigations and prosecutions, the job of the President of the United States is to defend the Constitution and protect the impartial administration of justice".

Allies, including Republican members of Congress, have long advised Trump that firing Sessions - especially before the November midterm elections - would be deeply damaging to the party. Trump would probably argue that he's saying no indictments should be handed down this close to an election, regardless of party. The tweet indicated that his attorney general should base law enforcement actions on how it could affect the president and the Republican Party's electoral success.

"I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Sen.

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