Trump Blames Sessions For Arrests Of GOP Reps

06 September, 2018, 04:17 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions

Hunter is accused of spending campaign funds for personal expenses, and Collins is accused of insider trading. Republicans control both the House and Senate and the elections will decide whether they keep their majorities. Collins was charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements along with his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his son's fiancée.

Chris Collins of NY was indicted on insider trading charges, which he has denied, while Duncan Hunter of California was accused with his wife of using campaign donations for personal purposes.

Conservatives say they're proponents of free speech and free markets, and while that doesn't mean they have to like the political biases of the people who run Twitter and Facebook, they should at least respect a private company's right to promote some views over others.

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.

In particular, Napolitano turned a critical eye to Trump's tweet attacking Sessions for letting the Department of Justice file charges against Reps.

WASHINGTON-President Trump renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, decrying his Justice Department's recent indictments of two Republican House members because of the political ramifications for the GOP.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that the justice department's decision to file charges put "easy wins now in doubt". The Hunter investigation began under Obama.

The US Justice Department said Wednesday it would probe social media giants over concerns over competition and "stifling the free exchange of ideas".

Republican Senator Ben Sasse said the justice department should remain politically neutral in deciding whether or not to prosecute. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began." Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he was "deeply disappointed that Google - one of the most influential digital platforms in the world - chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this committee". He's attacking the rule of law. He made clear his objection: that the charges hurt his party. Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins. The courts shall decide their guilt or innocence. "I think Sessions is a very smart man and a man of integrity".

Trump did not address the charges, just the politics.

Incidentally, Sessions was also one of Trump's earliest supporters.

Blumenthal said that Trump seemed to be "deliberately trying to obstruct justice".

Although presidents and attorney generals have clashed in previous administrations, experts see Trump as breaking new ground in terms of the public and aggressive ways he pressures Sessions. "If I went to my supervisor and said 'you know, we shouldn't indict or investigate a member of the president's party because he's part of the president's party, ' I probably would have been suspended, if not fired". Asked if he would retain his attorney general beyond the midterms, he declined to comment.

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