Jeff Sessions threatens Republican midterm hopes with indictments, Trump tweets

Jeff Sessions threatens Republican midterm hopes with indictments, Trump tweets

Collins was charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme.

Both lawmakers have pleaded not guilty.

Sessions responded with a rare rebuke of Trump, saying, "The actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

President Donald Trump listens during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington.

"Public perceptions are important", Baker said. But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections.

The justice department has not commented on the tweet. His comment defied the Justice Department's requirement of impartiality, eliciting a criticism from both parties.

Trump has frequently been said to insult his attorney general. And it was not immediately clear how many attorneys general would attend the meeting.

Though Trump argued that the investigations began during the Obama administration, the charges against Collins - which include securities and wire fraud - stem from actions he allegedly took past year, and the Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into Hunter's use of campaign funds after a referral from the Federal Election Committee. American intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to help Trump win.

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Woodward also reportedly wrote that Trump, mimicking Sessions' Southern accent, called his attorney general "mentally retarded" and said that Sessions "couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama". Last month Trump directed Sessions to "look into all of the corruption on the "other side".

Then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Sessions in summer 2017 that Trump was attacking him to create a distraction - because Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was about to testify on Capitol Hill about Russian Federation.

Trump tweeted Monday that "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".

Some Republicans called Trump's words "appalling" and "not appropriate", The New York Times reports. And Trump's former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, said tech companies should be broken up.

FILE - Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks to reporters, May 16, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The White House had no comment on Trump's tweets, but said he chose to not leave the White House and focus on trade calls.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, called Trump's actions "unprecedented in American history".

Trump's tweet drew a scolding from Sen. What do they think Mr. McCain would say about a president who wanted to use the Justice Department to go after his enemies and protect his friends?

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