World

Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

Trump acknowledged that he was stuck with Sessions just days ago in an interview in which he committed to keeping his attorney general right where he is until the November elections.

Over two tweets, he accused Mr. Sessions of becoming a Democratic tool, apparently over the recent federal indictments of two sitting Republican House members - Reps.

President Donald Trump on Monday blasted his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and lamented the indictments of two lawmakers who were his earliest supporters in Congress during the 2016 election, suggesting they should not have been charged because they are Republicans.

Both were indicted on separate charges last month: Duncan Hunter of California on charges that included spending campaign funds for personal expenses, and Chris Collins of NY on insider trading.

Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican, criticized the premise of the tweets - that the attorney-general should not indict members of his own party as elections approach - as the thinking of corrupt third-world dictators. But in what is expected to be a charged debate over Sessions's successor - a debate likely to try even some Republican senators wary of Trump's maneuvers - tweets like the ones Sunday aren't exactly going to tamp down the idea Trump is searching for a political crusader to lead the DOJ.

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

Both congressmen have pleaded not guilty in their cases.

Trump recently told Bloomberg News that he would keep Sessions as attorney general until after the midterm elections. "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".

The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

"Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", Trump continued.

While Trump suggested the investigations into the two lawmakers began during the Obama administration, the charges against Collins stem from actions he allegedly took a year ago - including calls he placed while at the White House for a congressional picnic hosted by Trump. The Hunter investigation began under Obama. Really sick!' he tweeted. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.

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