Trump rips Sessions for hurting GOP in midterms

Adjust Comment Print

Trump's suggestion that Sessions should have withheld charges against two fellow Republicans for purely political reasons seemed a remarkably unapologetic blurring of a traditional line between presidential authority and the law. The Democrats are seeking to wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans. Republicans now hold a 236-193 advantage and there are six vacant seats.

"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department", Trump tweeted. 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. "Really sick!" he wrote. He has denied wrongdoing but said he would not seek re-election. The alleged tip-off took place not during the Obama administration, as Trump's tweet suggests, but in 2017, after Trump had become president.

Though Trump did not name the congressmen, he seemed to be referring to California Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Rep. Chris Collins, both of whom are now facing charges. Mr Trump has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt".

The investigation into Mr Hunter began under the presidency of Barack Obama, but the Collins inquiry was launched previous year. "It is the duty of the Justice Department to prosecute crimes when they find them and to bring indictments when a grand jury has decided there's enough evidence there".

Sen. James Inhofe: McCain Is 'Partially to Blame' for Flag-Raising Controversy
McCain, who died at age 81 on Saturday after battling brain cancer, was an avid sports fan and supporter of Arizona's teams. "Sen. The church service brought to a close two days of mourning for the six-term senator and presidential nominee in his home state.

"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", he said in a statement. Rarely, though, has he made it so explicit that he views the Justice Department as a political tool that is now being misused. However, Trump has been at odds with Sessions after the lawmaker recused himself from the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he did not disclose to Senators that he held meetings with a Russian ambassador during Trump's election campaign.

That's. not a particularly helpful parallel for Trump when it comes to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's obstruction of justice investigation.

That has left the attorney general's position seeming tenuous at best, though Trump recently told Bloomberg News that Sessions was safe, at least until after the November mid-term elections.

President Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office on August 28.