Flake slams Trump’s Justice Department attack

Minnie Murray
September 5, 2018

In a Labor Day tweet, Trump criticized his attorney general for the timing of the indictments of "two very popular Republican Congressmen", saying the "well publicized" charges could hurt the Republican Party in this fall's midterm election. All three pleaded not guilty.

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

Trump has frequently pilloried Sessions for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 United States election toward the real estate billionaire.

Hunter is accused of spending campaign funds for personal expenses, and Collins is accused of insider trading.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the White House in Washington in 2017.

In his tweet, Trump was referring to Republican Reps.

Both men are key Trump supporters. Special council Robert Mueller was later on appointed for the investigation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"He was appointed in November 2017 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also a Republican".

However, president Donald Trump in his statement said that he can not recall much of the matter and more so what took place in the campaign meeting which he termed as unimportant, this information was seen in a photo memorialized that Trump had posted on Instagram whereby almost a dozen men were sitting around a table among them including president Donal Trump, Jeff Sessions and George Papadopoulos.

AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, responded to Trump's tweet by saying the Justice Department "should always remain apolitical, and the speaker has demonstrated he takes these charges seriously".

But there has been a growing drumbeat of attacks against the tech companies from conservative quarters, with President Trump himself, and some of his allies, at the forefront. There is no public record indicating that the Justice Department had been investigating Collins' investments in the company prior to June 22, and the department declined to comment in an email to us.

"Our justice system is under attack", Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said Tuesday. Trump's comments make it clear that he sees his office as "above the law, which directly undermines the ancient principle of rule of law, that the law applies without fear or favor, and no one is above it".

Trump angrily banged out second message several minutes that shifted to all caps at one point and further harangued Sessions by name.

In the same interview, Trump asserted that Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, "protected" Obama during his presidency.

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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