Trump blast Sessions for pursuing Republican cases

Clay Curtis
September 4, 2018

US President Donald Trump has accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of damaging the midterm re-election chances of two Republican members of Congress by prosecuting them.

In a tweet, Mr Trump criticised the prosecution of "two very popular Republican Congressmen".

He added: "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time".

Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican, said on Twitter the statement was "not the conduct of a President committed to defending and upholding the constitution, but rather a President looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores".

While there have been exceptions, longstanding protocol holds that the Justice Department should be left to operate free of political influence from the White House.

"These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began", he continued.

"Will DJT never learn that an attorney general's job is not to play goalie for a president or his party, or any party for that matter?"

Mr Trump has also pressed Mr Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused him of failing to take control of the justice department.

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Margaret Hunter has also pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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 U.S. election toward the real estate billionaire. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

"Repeatedly trying to pervert DOJ into a weapon to go after his adversaries, and now shamelessly complaining that DOJ should protect his political allies to maintain his majority in the midterms, is nothing short of an all-out assault on the rule of law, " former deputy attorney general Sally Yates said in a statement Monday.

Trump stayed at the White House on Monday, watching television.

The president also compared Sessions unfavorably to Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired, "Lyin" James Comey, ' saying they'd become martyrs to the very same lawmakers who'd previously despised them after resisting orders from Trump.

During his arraignment, Hunter threw his wife under the bus, whining that she was in charge of his personal and congressional spending.

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.

The investigation into Hunter began more than a year ago, apparently during the early stages of Trump's own administration - not President Barack Obama's.

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