Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Trump assails Sessions for pursuing two Republicans' cases

Trump assails Sessions for pursuing two Republicans' cases

Aside from the implied suggestion Sessions should have ignored serious corruption charges against Collins and Hunter until after the elections in November, Trump's tweets are also rather shocking because the U.S. Attorneys who brought the charges against the lawmakers are both Republicans who rose to their prosecutorial positions under President Trump.

Trump did not address the charges themselves or name the congressmen, but the tweet was apparently referring to the indictments this summer of Representatives Chris Collins of NY and Duncan D. Hunter of California, the president's two earliest congressional endorsers.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that the justice department's decision to file charges put "easy wins now in doubt".

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California was indicted and accused of fraud and stealing campaign funds for personal use, and Rep. Chris Collins of NY was indicted and accused of insider trading.

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A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Trump's alma mater), Berman has contributed to numerous Republican candidates including Trump himself.

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".

The congressmen he referred to in two combative tweets were Reps.

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

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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.

"The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party". The president did not elaborate on whether he would keep Sessions on as attorney general following the election.

Trump's tweet drew a scolding from Sen. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began", he said in a statement.

In a second tweet, Trump said Democrats "must love" Sessions and likened the situation to Democrats support for former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired previous year. If he stopped at the first tweet, that wouldn't have been so obvious; the second tweet makes clear Trump wants to paint Sessions as a partisan traitor who isn't looking out for the GOP.

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