Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general

06 September, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON-President Trump renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, decrying his Justice Department's recent indictments of two Republican House members because of the political ramifications for the GOP.

Last month, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, and New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins were indicted in a matter of just two weeks - both politicians were two of Trump's earliest supporters in Congress.

Shortly after executives from Facebook and Twitter testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department announced a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss "growing concern" about censorship by social-media platforms, suggesting they are violating antitrust laws.

The revelations in Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", set to be released next Tuesday, represent the latest episode in a public feud between Trump and Sessions since the attorney general's recusal in March 2017.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska 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".

Trump has previously pressed Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department.

Last week, Trump said the companies might have antitrust problems but declined to discuss whether they should be broken up. "Good Job Jeff", his tweet continued.


Vice President Mike Pence praised Jeff Sessions Wednesday, contradicting President Donald Trump who has criticized the attorney general on numerous occasions, The Hill reports.

Trump has frequently pilloried Sessions for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 USA election toward the real estate billionaire. Trump replied, "I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department".

Using the authority & prestige of the presidency to suborn politicization of investigations & prosecutions involving your allies? He briefly exited the White House to a waiting motorcade but then went back inside without going anywhere.

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

There has typically been a separation between the White House and the Justice Department, but Trump has frequently disregarded those norms, giving orders to Sessions.

Sessions has said his department won't be "improperly influenced by political considerations".

Mr Trump, who did not address the specifics of the charges, did not name the Republicans he was referring to on Twitter.

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