Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

Trump says Sessions’ DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy Trump says Sessions’ DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy
Glenn Montgomery | 04 September, 2018, 15:47

In a Labor Day tweet, President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the recent investigations and indictments of two republican Congressmen, one of them being local Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence).

The latest presidential criticism of Mr Sessions with just over two months to go before 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.

Sessions was also an early supporter of Trump but the president has attacked him repeatedly for his decision in March 2017 to recuse himself from oversight of the investigation into Russian election interference and links between Trump aides and Moscow.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the President's tweets. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began". Same thing with Lyin' James Comey. 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. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

Allies, including Republican members of Congress, have long advised Trump that firing Sessions - especially before the November midterm elections - would be deeply damaging to the party. The Hunter investigation began under Obama.

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.

Toobin added that the public can wear itself out in regards to its outrage over Trump's behavior.

The comments prompted a pointed response from Sessions, who said in a statement that "While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". But in what is expected to be a charged debate over Sessions's successor - a debate likely to try even some Republican senators wary of Trump's maneuvers - tweets like the ones Sunday aren't exactly going to tamp down the idea Trump is searching for a political crusader to lead the DOJ. If he stopped at the first tweet, that wouldn't have been so obvious; the second tweet makes clear Trump wants to paint Sessions as a partisan traitor who isn't looking out for the GOP.

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