Trump slams Sessions over Republican lawmakers' indictment

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WASHINGTON-President Trump renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, decrying his Justice Department's recent indictments of two Republican House members because of the political ramifications for the GOP.

Both congressmen have pleaded not guilty in their cases.

The announcement also signals that the Justice Department is paying attention to the growing movement to challenge Facebook and Google's market power. So far, the available evidence suggests one investigation began during Trump's presidency.

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Trump's tweet "next level insane, inappropriate, unethical, stupid, incriminating".

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian efforts to influence USA public opinion throughout President Donald Trump's presidency, after US intelligence agencies concluded that entities backed by the Kremlin had sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016. The Department of Justice alleges that Collins used insider information that he obtained on June 22, 2017, to help his son make illegal stock trades in a biotechnology company.

In an Oval Office interview last week with Bloomberg News, Trump declined to say whether he'd keep Sessions in his job after the election.

But President Trump and a number of Republicans have prioritized concern that tech companies discriminate against conservatives with bias in treatment and so-called "shadow banning". He is doing so potentially because those two members of Congress were the first two members of Congress to support Trump's presidential bid but definitely because the indictments jeopardize his party's chances in the fall election. After the recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe, which Trump calls a "witch hunt".

Collins was charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme.

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Vice President Mike Pence told CNN Wednesday that he holds Attorney General Jeff Sessions in "the highest regard".

Mr Trump then compared the Attorney General with "Lyin' James Comey", claiming the Democrats must love Mr Sessions now.

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

"I would say there's a general rule you don't issue indictments close to elections - I think that's his point".

The tension between Trump and Sessions boiled over recently with Sessions punching back, saying that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

In response to these attacks on Sessions, the nonprofit advocacy group Protect Democracy released a white paper in March titled No "Absolute Right" to Control DOJ: Constitutional Limits on White House Interference with Law Enforcement Matters.

Lawmakers from Trump's own party argued that the president was trying to politicize the Justice Department.

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