Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

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

Trump did not address the charges themselves or name the congressmen, but the tweet was apparently referring to the indictments this summer of Representatives Chris Collins of NY and Duncan D. Hunter of California, the president's two earliest congressional endorsers.

WASHINGTON-President Trump renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, decrying his Justice Department's recent indictments of two Republican House members because of the political ramifications for the GOP.

"Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time", he complained, noting that Democrats must "love" Sessions as the attorney general. Hunter was charged with illegally using campaign funds to pay personal expenses while Collins was charged with taking part in an insider trading scheme.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Trump's alma mater), Berman has contributed to numerous Republican candidates including Trump himself.

A spokeswoman for Mr Sessions declined to comment, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, criticized the president's tweet. The president blasted Sessions for failing to rein in what he called an "illegal investigation" by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump and his campaign aides colluded with Russians in the 2016 election. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began", he said in a statement.

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Under long-standing Justice Department custom, prosecutors generally avoid public disclosure of overt investigative steps involving a candidate for office or election matters within 60 days of an election.

A few minutes after the tweet on Sessions, Trump added a second tweet attacking former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, asserting that Democrats did not like Comey until Trump fired him in 2017.

The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Mr Trump suggested Mr Sessions could lose his job in July previous year when he said "time will tell" what happens to him.

He tweeted: "This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further". The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Trump's tweet "next level insane, inappropriate, unethical, stupid, incriminating".

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