Trump assails Sessions for pursuing two Republicans' cases

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

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.

Critics view Trump's disparaging remarks about Sessions for his department's indictments of two Republican lawmakers as an example of how much Trump misunderstands the president's authority and obligations under the US constitutional system.

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. "Good job Jeff", he wrote, referring to California Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Rep. Chris Collins, who were both smacked with corruption charges by the feds.

Hunter was indicted for using campaign funds for personal use and were charged with counts of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy.

Both have proclaimed their innocence.

The announcement also signals that the Justice Department is paying attention to the growing movement to challenge Facebook and Google's market power.

The president's latest attack on Sessions drew widespread criticism.

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Journalist John Nichols pointed out that Trump's flagrant attempt to use his authority to favor his own political party in an upcoming election by directing federal prosecutors to ignore two congressmen's allegations of criminal conduct, amounts to the definition of an impeachable offense.

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.

Geoffrey Berman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, oversaw the indictment last month of Collins on charges of insider trading.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses an Orthodox Union gathering in Washington, DC, June 13, 2018.

Sessions responded with a rare rebuke of Trump, saying, "The actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters recently. "Really sick!" the commander-in-chief ranted in a second tweet.

Baker noted that after Watergate, presidents were "careful to restrict White House communications with anyone at Justice except the attorney general, and even then, keeping records of any communication".

The continuing failure of Republicans to provide a check on this president makes the upcoming midterm elections all the more important. However, Trump has been at odds with Sessions after the lawmaker recused himself from the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he did not disclose to Senators that he held meetings with a Russian ambassador during Trump's election campaign.

Collins, a Republican who represents the area between Buffalo and Rochester, was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump's candidacy.