Trump criticizes A.G. Sessions for charges against Rep. Collins

06 September, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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The president cited what he called "Obama era investigations" just before midterm elections and that "two easy wins now in doubt".

The attorney general has told associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Mr Trump's constant criticism.

No exaggeration: if any other elected leader in a Western democracy tried to instruct their top law enforcement official to shield their political allies from prosecution for political reasons like this, they would be forced to resign within hours. "Made my blood boil". "Really sick!" Trump tweeted.

Earlier Monday, the president appeared headed to his golf course in Virginia to unwind - after happily tweeting "Celebrate Labor Day!" to his 54.2 million followers.

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.

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But Trump reportedly told Dowd he would be "a real good witness", to which Dowd replied: "You are not a good witness. When Dowd asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the president unleashed a 30-minute torrent of rage.

The Hunter investigation began in June 2016, according to the indictment. And what is even more remarkable is that while a handful of congressional Republicans voiced their disapproval with Trump's views - the usual suspects like Sens.

The deputy in turn appointed ex-FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the inquiry, which the president has repeatedly called a "witch hunt".

Trump told the Times in July 2017 that he wouldn't have considered Sessions for the Cabinet role if he had known Sessions would bow out of the Russian Federation investigation.

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Republican lawmakers have largely been silent or declined to weigh in on Trump's tweet. "I would disagree with the president on that". I haven't talked to him about it.

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"I think that's strong words", he added.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the tweet indicated Trump and Sessions "do not have a healthy relationship".

"The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms", the Department of Justice said in a statement.

He suggested in tweets that Jeff Sessions should have prevented the indictments of Reps. Ben Sasse, a frequent Trump critic, strongly defended the Justice Department in a statement Monday evening.

Trump, who did not address the specifics of the charges, just the political impact, has previously pressed Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department.

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In an interview with The New York Times in 2017, Trump was asked if he would reopen the investigation into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

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