Trump Lambasts Jeff Sessions...Again

Blanche Robertson
September 4, 2018

Trump's attacks on the DOJ and Sessions provide the latest evidence that the president believes the attorney general's job is to protect him and his political allies while targeting his opponents.

A decision by the Justice Department to hold off on prosecuting two Republican congressmen up for re-election in order to help them win would have been highly unethical and a blatantly politically motivated violation of the department's nonpartisan mission. The two were the first members of Congress to endorse Trump after he announced his bid for president in 2015, at a time when few others did.

Last month Duncan Hunter, a California representative, was charged with the misuse of campaign funds while Chris Collins of NY was indicted for insider trading. Some, like Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) spoke out against Trump by reminding him that the United States does not decide whom to charge based on their party, but CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin went so far as to say the tweet could be enough for impeachment. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

Collins has suspended his reelection campaign, while Hunter is running for reelection, alleging political bias by the Justice Department. "That is fodder for the cannon of Bob Mueller and the never-Trumpers and all those who wish the president ill", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends", referencing Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential obstruction of justice. "So he'll force out Sessions and then find there's no one who will take the job who the Senate Republicans can support". "He was appointed in November 2017 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also a Republican".

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".

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He said the DOJ would have been "most unwise" to wait until after the midterms to issue these indictments.

Also under investigation is Trump's conduct in dismissing Comey, particularly why he fired him and whether he pressured him to be generous to Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser.

Trump stayed at the White House on Monday, watching television. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which did not name the congressmen.

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