Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

New Trump attack against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

New Trump attack against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department on Monday in connection with the indictments of two GOP congressmen on corruption charges, saying they could hurt the Republican Party in the midterm elections.

Geoffrey Berman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, oversaw the indictment last month of Collins on charges of insider trading. "So he'll force out Sessions and then find there's no one who will take the job who the Senate Republicans can support".

President Trump continued his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Labor Day, accusing him of endangering the party's hopes in the November elections.

Both congressmen have pleaded not guilty in their cases.

Despite that, Napolitano said, there is evidence of "serious crimes" committed by Hunter and Collins, and Republican members of Congress should not be held to a different standard of justice.

The president's striking suggestion that the Justice Department consider politics when making decisions showed his disregard for the agency's independence.

Later in the segment, Napolitano said that such tweets could be used by Mueller to potentially prove corrupt intent in an obstruction of justice charge.

Mr Hunter has not exited his race, while Mr Collins ended his re-election bid days after his indictment.

The White House had no comment on Trump's tweets, but said he chose to not leave the White House and focus on trade calls.

The congressmen he referred to in two combative tweets were Reps. "Good job Jeff." the tweet said, in part, also noting that the charges came just ahead of the mid-term elections.

AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, responded to Trump's tweet by saying the Justice Department "should always remain apolitical, and the speaker has demonstrated he takes these charges seriously". The Hunter investigation began under Obama. In 2016, he made a $5,400 contribution to Trump's presidential campaign. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted for Sessions when he was confirmed as attorney general by a 52-47 vote in February 2017.

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.

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