Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump slams Sessions on Twitter, says AG is hurting GOP in midterms

Trump slams Sessions on Twitter, says AG is hurting GOP in midterms

There was significant uproar yesterday when Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions (again) over the charges against Chris Collins (R-NY) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

The two men were Trump's earliest supporters in Congress, and the indictments are fodder for Democrats heading into November 6 elections that may give them control of the House.

"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Midterms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department", Trump tweeted.

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California was indicted and accused of fraud and stealing campaign funds for personal use, and Rep. Chris Collins of NY was indicted and accused of insider trading.

Trump did not address the charges, just the politics.

The congressmen he referred to in two combative tweets were Reps. Both are creating problems for the GOP, given how hard it would be to replace the already-renominated incumbents on the ballots, and in Trump's estimation, Sessions should have prevented that. The comment on Monday was the latest indication that Trump, who ran on a pledge to "drain the swamp", believes his political allies should be immune from prosecution, regardless of the evidence stacked against them.

The Hunters overdrew their personal bank accounts more 1,100 times in a seven-year period, according to the indictment, resulting in $37,761 in "overdraft" and "insufficient funds" bank fees.

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Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) released a statement saying, "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". Really sick!' he tweeted.

Trump pointed to the popularity of the two men who faced an easy re-election before being indicted.

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.

"The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", Trump quipped.

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

He has also repeatedly complained publicly and privately over Mr Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections.

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