Top Republican rejects Trump's Justice Dept. tweet


The Justice Department said on Wednesday it has convened a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss concerns that social media platforms were "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas".

In particular, Napolitano turned a critical eye to Trump's tweet attacking Sessions for letting the Department of Justice file charges against Reps.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) was indicted August 21 on charges of using a quarter of a million dollars in campaign contributions for personal expenses, wire fraud and filing false records with the Federal Election Commission.

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

In a second tweet, Trump said "Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now" before taking a shot at former FBI Director James Comey.

No exaggeration: if any other elected leader in a Western democracy tried to instruct their top law enforcement official to shield their political allies from prosecution for political reasons like this, they would be forced to resign within hours.

Sessions, the first US senator to endorse Trump during the 2016 race, provoked his boss's ire when he announcedlast year that he would recuse himself from any federal probe into Russian election meddling.

The move to file charges against the men jeopardises "easy wins" in the mid-term elections, Mr Trump tweeted.

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Trump did not name the Republican congressmen, but he apparently was referring to the first two Republicans to endorse him in the GOP presidential primaries. Representatives for the attorneys-general in New York, Connecticut and Iowa said that they had not been contacted.

"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", Sasse said in a statement. His lawyers said Trump "nodded with approval", and Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

Baker noted that even if all of this remains in the level of discourse and Trump doesn't fire Sessions or anyone else in the Justice Department he's unhappy with, the president "severely damages the administration of justice" every time he makes a threatening remark.

"Justice is blind. Justice should be blind", Ryan told reporters on Wednesday, ABC News reports, adding that "the process is working its way as it should".

The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Special council Robert Mueller was later on appointed for the investigation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Blumenthal said that Trump seemed to be "deliberately trying to obstruct 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 think it's very important that we respect that fact that justice should be blind".

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