Jeff Sessions threatens Republican midterm hopes with indictments, Trump tweets

Adjust Comment Print

President Donald Trump drew some attention on Monday when he tweeted his disappointment that two Republican congressmen were hit with criminal charges so soon before November's mid-term elections ... and directing that disappointment towards Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not letting the representatives slide.

He added: "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time". Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of NY for alleged misuse of campaign funds and alleged insider trader, respectively.

The first two Republicans to endorse Mr Trump in the Republican presidential primaries were indicted on separate charges in August.

The outspoken husband of White House special counselor Kellyanne Conway posted an Axios report on Tuesday which covers the president's anger over the Department of Justice's indictments against Chris Collins (R-NY) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA). Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

Trump is mostly trying to turn his party against Sessions - to create a pretext for his fellow Republicans to support a move to replace Sessions as attorney general, which seems increasingly likely to happen after the midterm elections. He was also under investigation by congressional ethics officials. "That is fodder for the cannon of Bob Mueller and the never-Trumpers and all those who wish the president ill", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends", referencing Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential obstruction of justice. "Instead of commenting on ongoing investigations and prosecutions, the job of the President of the United States is to defend the Constitution and protect the impartial administration of justice".

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which did not name the congressmen.

Despite Trump's claim that both investigations began under Democratic President Barack Obama, Collins was charged over trades in June 2017 - almost six months after Trump took office. But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections. Still, Sessions has made clear to associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Trump's constant criticism.

Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tweeted that Trump was "looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores".