New Trump attack against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte N.C. President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggesting the embattled official should hav

Donald Trump on Sunday mounted another extraordinary attack on his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, blaming him for charges against two congressmen he said jeopardised Republican chances in the forthcoming midterm elections. Both were indicted on separate charges last month: Rep. Duncan Hunter of California on charges that included spending campaign funds for personal expenses and Rep. Chris Collins of NY on insider trading. Both are creating problems for the GOP, given how hard it would be to replace the already-renominated incumbents on the ballots, and in Trump's estimation, Sessions should have prevented that.

Trump's attacks on Sessions, and his efforts to force his attorney general to quit his post after Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, are part of an obstruction investigation into the president by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. One is accused of insider trading and the other of campaign violations.

"Good job Jeff", Trump said in a tweet, followed by another saying that "Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now".

What's more, Trump clearly places this in the partisan context, suggesting Sessions should be considering not just the 2018 election, but the GOP's own fortunes in it. The comment on Monday was the latest indication that Trump, who ran on a pledge to "drain the swamp", believes his political allies should be immune from prosecution, regardless of the evidence stacked against them.

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Trump recently told Bloomberg News that he would keep Sessions as attorney general until after the midterm elections.

Republican congressional leadership considered the charges serious enough to move to strip both men of their committee assignments.

The investigation into Mr Hunter began under the presidency of Barack Obama, but the Collins inquiry was launched past year.

A spokeswoman for Sessions declined comment, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, criticized the president's tweet.

The Hunters overdrew their personal bank accounts more 1,100 times in a seven-year period, according to the indictment, resulting in $37,761 in "overdraft" and "insufficient funds" bank fees. Mr Trump has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt". The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!

A few minutes after the tweet on Sessions, Trump added a second tweet attacking former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, asserting that Democrats did not like Comey until Trump fired him in 2017.

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