President Donald Trump's tweet blaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions for bringing indictments against two Republican lawmakers could be grounds for removing him from office, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday. Rarely, though, has he made it so explicit that he views the Justice Department as a political tool that is now being misused.
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. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.).
President Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department on Monday in connection with the indictments of two GOP congressmen on corruption charges, saying they could hurt the Republican Party in the midterm elections. Both are Trump supporters. The two were the first members of Congress to endorse Trump after he announced his bid for president in 2015, at a time when few others did. Same thing with Lyin' James Comey.
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. The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!
Still, Mr Sessions has made clear to associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Mr Trump's constant criticism. Trump would probably argue that he's saying no indictments should be handed down this close to an election, regardless of party.
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In a second tweet, Trump said Democrats "must love" Sessions and likened the situation to Democrats support for former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired a year ago.
That's. not a particularly helpful parallel for Trump when it comes to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's obstruction of justice investigation.
Collins has suspended his reelection campaign, while Hunter is running for reelection, alleging political bias by the Justice Department.
There has typically been a separation between the White House and the Justice Department, but Trump has frequently disregarded those norms, giving orders to Sessions. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted for Sessions when he was confirmed as attorney general by a 52-47 vote in February 2017.