Trump blames Sessions for indictments of GOP lawmakers

Trump blames Sessions for indictments of GOP lawmakers

Trump acknowledged that he was stuck with Sessions just days ago in an interview in which he committed to keeping his attorney general right where he is until the November elections.

Two of Trump's regular critics in the GOP Senate were quick to argue that Trump was trying to politicize the Justice Department. Sen. "Two easy wins now in doubt", Trump tweeted. "Good job Jeff", he wrote, referring to California Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Rep. Chris Collins, who were both smacked with corruption charges by the feds.

Trump chose to say nothing about what his two congressional backers have been accused of, instead complaining about politically inconvenient it is that the charges endanger their positions ahead of the midterm elections.

AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, responded to Trump's tweet by saying the Justice Department "should always remain apolitical, and the speaker has demonstrated he takes these charges seriously".

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

Both lawmakers have pleaded not guilty.

President Trump has tweeted things that at the very least pushed the bounds of obstruction of justice. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began".

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".

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Trump recently told Bloomberg News that he would keep Sessions as attorney general until after the midterm elections. In 2016, he made a $5,400 contribution to Trump's presidential campaign.

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.

He went on to say that "the Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", before going on to make the ultimate insult in Trump speak - a comparison to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Trump's tweet "next level insane, inappropriate, unethical, stupid, incriminating".

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