Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Flake slams Trump's Justice Department attack

Flake slams Trump's Justice Department attack

President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen.

"Our justice system is under attack", said Sen.

"These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began", he continued. "Really sick!" Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

(We're not examining the popularity of the congressmen in question.) The Justice Department does not typically confirm the timeline of grand juries, and the department declined our request for comment on this story.

Trump did not name the Republican congressmen, but he was apparently referring to the first two Republicans to endorse him in the GOP presidential primaries. The two men were Trump's earliest supporters in Congress, and the indictments are fodder for Democrats heading into November 6 elections that may give them control of the House.

Following the recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the inquiry. Collins was charged with 13 counts related to securities fraud and insider trading.

"Good job Jeff", he added sarcastically.

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"The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms", DOJ spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement to Business Insider on Wednesday.

Another blow in Trump's long-running feud with Sessions, the president's complaint fits with his pattern of viewing the Department of Justice less as a law enforcement agency and more as one that should do his political bidding.

The investigation that led to the charges against Collins began after Trump took office.

Though Trump argued that the investigations began during the Obama administration, the charges against Collins - which include securities and wire fraud - stem from actions he allegedly took past year, and the Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into Hunter's use of campaign funds after a referral from the Federal Election Committee.

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. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) - most tried to ignore the tweet, which CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday "may be an impeachable offense".

Mr Trump's attack on Mr Sessions was quickly followed by a post in which he mocked the former USA secretary of state John Kerry.

In a statement issued right after executives from Facebook and Twitter finished testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of Justice also suggested that the platforms were running afoul of antitrust laws.

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