Trump attacks Sessions over prosecutions of Republicans

Trump attacks Sessions over prosecutions of Republicans

Trump attacks Sessions over prosecutions of Republicans

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Collins has suspended his reelection campaign, while Hunter is running for reelection, alleging political bias by the Justice Department.

"The sentiment at the core of that tweet is so contrary to the mission of the Department of Justice, and it's such an insult to the decent people who work there - the career prosecutors who worked through Democratic and Republican administrations", he added. One is accused of insider trading and the other of campaign violations.

While Trump suggested the investigations into the two lawmakers began during the Obama administration, the charges against Collins stem from actions he allegedly took past year - including calls he placed while at the White House for a congressional picnic hosted by Trump.

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.

Jeff Sessions was an earlier supporter of Donald Trump which likely earned him the Attorney General role.

Due to his recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing the special counsel investigation.

In a shot at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he wrote, "Good job Jeff".

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 past year.

The justice department has not commented on the tweet.

"This tweet alone may be an impeachable offense", Toobin said Tuesday morning, calling it a "disgrace" that could have had harsh consequences if made by someone in a lower position.

Trump angrily banged out second message several minutes that shifted to all caps at one point and further harangued Sessions by name.

The investigation that led to the charges against Collins began after Trump took office. The Hunter investigation began under Obama. But his latest tweeted tirade over the Justice Department's decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen represents a grotesque new low that should alarm anyone who cares about our democracy.

"The indictment alleges that Congressman Hunter and his wife repeatedly dipped into campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts, and falsified FEC campaign finance reports to cover their tracks", Braverman said in the DOJ press release on the indictment. "So what I am suggesting is that Jeff Sessions and the President do not have a healthy relationship".

Lawmakers from Trump's own party argued that the president was trying to politicize the Justice Department.

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