President Donald Trump on Monday publicly criticized his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for allowing Republican congressmen to be indicted for alleged criminal behavior. For example, when the Justice Department went to court this year to block AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner, the telecom giant sought to compel White House documents that could have showed whether Trump may have inappropriately directed antitrust regulators to stymie the deal. He was really just complaining about things that had already been done, unlike when Trump allegedly asked James Comey to drop what was an ongoing FBI investigation of Michael Flynn. Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt".
While no specific action is proposed in the statement, the Department of Justice does oversee antitrust enforcement for the federal government.
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the Justice Department "should always remain apolitical, and the speaker has demonstrated he takes these charges seriously".
Last week, Trump told Bloomberg the attorney general was safe in his job until November but declined to say if he would keep Sessions in the role beyond then.
Judge Andrew Napolitano warned President Donald Trump that his latest salvo against Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "perfect fodder for the cannon of Bob Mueller and Never Trumpers".
Hunter was charged with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including family vacations, school tuition, and theater tickets.
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.
Trump's tweet drew a scolding from Sen.
Though Sessions was one of the earliest backers of his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump is said to still want to fire him as attorney general.
"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 Republican senator said. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.
In the same interview, Trump asserted that Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, "protected" Obama during his presidency. However, as CNN has previously reported, Trump has pressured Sessions on multiple occasions to reverse his recusal.
But after taking a look around - and possibly noting the swamp-like heat and humidity engulfing the capital - he strolled back inside the White House at 10:42.
Trump did not mention the name of the congressmen who were charged. However, Trump has been at odds with Sessions after the lawmaker recused himself from the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he did not disclose to Senators that he held meetings with a Russian ambassador during Trump's election campaign.