'Good job Jeff': Trump blames Sessions as GOP lawmakers charged before midterms

'Good job Jeff': Trump blames Sessions as GOP lawmakers charged before midterms

Trump's suggestion that Sessions should have withheld charges against two fellow Republicans for purely political reasons seemed a remarkably unapologetic blurring of a traditional line between presidential authority and the law.

A CNN panel responded to the president's tweets by noting how shocking it is to see a president regularly attack his own attorney general. Calling the agency the "Jeff Sessions Justice Department" is the president's ultimate insult, Trump advisers say. "Two easy wins now in doubt", Trump tweeted.

On Aug. 8, Congressman Christopher Collins, a Republican who was candidate Trump's first supporter in the House, was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served.

Though Trump did not name the congressmen, he seemed to be referring to California Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Rep. Chris Collins, both of whom are now facing charges.

Hunter and his wife have been charged with misusing $250,000 in campaign funds and falsifying records to the Federal Election Commission to hide the purchases.

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. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

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Collins has suspended his reelection campaign, while Hunter is running for reelection, alleging political bias by the Justice Department.

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.

He tweeted: "This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".

Sessions recently pushed back, saying publicly that he will not allow political manipulation of the department.

Trump did not have any public events Monday.

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. He emerged earlier in the day, apparently about to join a waiting motorcade, before returning inside.

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