Trump Blames Sessions For Arrests Of GOP Reps

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Hunter, also an early and vocal supporter of the president, was accused of misusing $250,000 of campaign funds in late August. "Really sick!" the commander-in-chief ranted in a second tweet.

It is highly unusual for sitting presidents to lash out against attorneys general and to try to bring political considerations to bear on prosecution decisions.

The Senate committee struck a calm bipartisan tone, as it spoke with the Silicon Valley executives about their efforts to thwart misinformation campaigns ahead of November's midterm elections (and castigated Google for declining to participate). The Democrats are seeking to wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans. Collins has denied wrongdoing but will not seek re-election.

Collins and Rep. Duncan Hunter from California were both indicted last month, with Collins accused of insider trading, and Hunter of illegal campaign spending.

The DOJ's move is the first sign of the administration taking concrete action to address alleged bias following President Trump's public accusations against tech companies last week.

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On Monday, Trump had said two congressmen shouldn't have been charged because it hurt the Republican Party. The Hunter investigation began under Obama.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the President's tweets.

"When the president says these things - basically, "I want to you use Justice Department to help the Republican Party" - that is fodder for the cannon of Bob Mueller", he said.

"So the justice system is under attack, and I'll be looking forward to statements from this nominee as a court of appeals judge, let alone nominee of the United States Supreme Court", he added shortly before confirmation hearings were set to begin for Kavanaugh. Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt".

Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont compared Trump's comment to North Korea, and noted his previous experience as a prosecutor.

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Members of Congress from both political parties have expressed alarm.

The announcement also signals that the Justice Department is paying attention to the growing movement to challenge Facebook and Google's market power. The courts shall decide their guilt or innocence. Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson said "I resent that", when asked about Trump's mockery of Sessions' southern accent.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with several state attorneys general to discuss whether social media companies are "intentionally stifling" free speech and obstructing competition, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

The president has repeatedly complained after Mr Sessions recused himself from the investigation into possible Russian collusion in 2017.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted that Trump was "looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores". Woodward reports that Trump said of Sessions, "This guy is mentally retarded".

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