Donald Trump Blames Jeff Sessions for Indictment of Two House Republicans

Hannah Rogers
September 4, 2018

In his latest broadside against the Justice Department's traditional independence, Trump tweeted that "Obama era investigations, of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department". But he said that the president's tweet targeting Sessions is different because it "is such an affront to the values of the Justice Department". The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!

"Law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of investigative steps or criminal charges for the goal of affecting any election, or for the objective of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party", reads a 2016 Justice Department memorandum issued by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which mirrors language issued by previous attorneys general ahead of federal elections. "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.

The two men were Trump's earliest supporters in Congress, and the indictments are fodder for Democrats heading into November 6 elections that may give them control of the House.

Trump has previously pressed Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department. "Really sick!" Trump added in another tweet. Trump did not have any public events Monday.

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Of course we have seen this from Kyrgios before, but it's what happened next that really caused controversy. It was not just about, 'How are you feeling? The chair umpire's intervention left many fans furious.

Collins' indictment on insider trading charges also stemmed from a call he made to his son in June 2017 - during a congressional picnic at the White House, five months after the president took office. Hunter has said his wife handled the campaign money.

Both lawmakers have pleaded not guilty.

Trump pointed to the popularity of the two men who faced an easy re-election before being indicted. With the White House failing to name a permanent U.S. Attorney, the judges unanimously voted to keep Berman as acting U.S. Attorney until a permanent replacement was selected. He even compares him to former FBI director James B. Comey, who has said Trump repeatedly requested loyalty and even suggested he back off unhelpful investigations.

The Hunters overdrew their personal bank accounts more 1,100 times in a seven-year period, according to the indictment, resulting in $37,761 in "overdraft" and "insufficient funds" bank fees.

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