Trump slams Sessions on Twitter, says AG is hurting GOP in midterms

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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.

Trump argued that Sessions should have considered the political consequences of pursuing cases against the lawmakers, who both supported Trump early in his presidential campaign.

Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shot back with an angry statement that people who break the law should be held accountable, regardless of their political affiliation.

Donald Trump is mad at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and he's attacking the lawmaker for the illegal activities of other officials who work for the Republican Party.

"Good job Jeff." the tweet said, in part, also noting that the charges came just ahead of the mid-term elections.

Both have insisted they are innocent. Collins suspended his campaign days after he was indicted, while Hunter is continuing to campaign for re-election.

The Hunter investigation began in June 2016, according to the indictment. "Really sick!" Trump added in another tweet.

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".

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

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse also ripped into the president.

"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", he said in a statement.

Mr Trump has previously pressed Mr Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused Mr Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department.

Trump pointed to the popularity of the two men who faced an easy re-election before being indicted. Calling the agency the "Jeff Sessions Justice Department" is the president's ultimate insult, Trump advisers say.

"This is not the conduct of a President committed to defending and upholding the constitution, but rather a President looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores", Flake wrote on Twitter.

He has also repeatedly complained publicly and privately over Mr Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Still, Sessions has made clear to associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Trump's constant criticism.



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