Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general


House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday that "justice should be blind", distancing himself from President Trump's criticism of the Justice Department for bringing charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of midterm elections.

"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department", Trump tweeted.

The president tweeted Monday that the indictments of congressmen Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of NY are imperiling Republican chances heading into November's midterm elections.

Sessions's honesty was called into question in a court filing made last week by attorneys representing George Papadopoulos, the former campaign official who suggested Trump meet with Putin. The White House did not immediately react.

In addition, they wrote that in a constitutional democracy, "those in office should not wield the powers of the state to benefit their political allies and punish their opponents".

The criticism began in the early months of the administration past year, when Mr Sessions recused himself from investigations into claims that Russian Federation tried to help Mr Trump win the 2016 election.

In Fear: Trump in the White House, journalist Bob Woodward, according to the New York Times, described Pence as "a glorified golf caddy who doesn't want to rock the boat lest Trump tweet something mean about him".

Its statement did not name Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, whose executives were called to testify in Congress on Wednesday, but the firms have been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump and some other Republicans for what they see as an effort to repress conservative voices.

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Trump isn't just attacking Jeff Sessions.

Later in the segment, Napolitano said that such tweets could be used by Mueller to potentially prove corrupt intent in an obstruction of justice charge.

I may not agree with everything Jeff Sessions believes in, but he certainly deserves credit for hanging in there and taking the Justice Department job serious enough to let Rod Rosenstein do his job.

"It should have no respect ... to political party", Ryan (R-Wis.) said during a press briefing Wednesday.

"Over the past weeks, President Trump and many Republicans have peddled conspiracy theories about Twitter and other social media platforms to whip up their base and fundraise", said Representative Frank Pallone, the committee's top Democrat.

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

Could Trump be guilty of obstruction of justice?

"Obviously", said Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, "some people are lying to us because [testimony is] inconsistent". I know they've got a strained, toxic relationship. Ben Sasse, a frequent Trump critic, strongly defended the Justice Department in a statement Monday evening. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the president was when the investigations began". "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".