House Speaker Paul Ryan is rejecting President Donald Trump's suggestion that the Justice Department shouldn't prosecute two GOP congressmen because it will hurt the party's election prospects in November. And on Monday, Trump blasted Sessions on Twitter over recent indictments against two Republican congressman.
Trump followed up the first tweet with another, saying Democrats must now love Sessions, just like "Lyin' James Comey".
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. Both have proclaimed their innocence, but Collins has dropped out of his race.
The justice department's comments indicate further scrutiny of the tech giant's control of the information ecosystem.
Ryan became the latest Republicans to criticize Trump since the president tweeted Monday that the Justice Department should take his political views into account when pursuing investigations. "To say the Justice Department ought to punish his enemies and protect his friends goes beyond what any president in my memory has ever said, and that we can't normalize that". Collins suspended his campaign days after he was indicted, while Hunter is continuing to campaign for re-election.
Despite the president's denials, Sessions former U.S. Senate colleagues have spoken out in the Attorney General's defense. However, early on October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty of having lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the Russia contacts he had and that he had been workinh hand to hand with Robert Mueller, who was a Special Counsel probe during the Russian meddling meeting which was held in 2016 which collided with the USA election and most probably colluded with Trump's campaign.
The tweet has sparked fresh criticism that Mr Trump is illegally seeking to interfere with the justice system.
Sessions responded with a rare rebuke of Trump, saying, "The actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".
Baker noted that after Watergate, presidents were "careful to restrict White House communications with anyone at Justice except the attorney general, and even then, keeping records of any communication". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told reporters.
The criticism began in the early months of the administration past year, when Mr Sessions recused himself from investigations into claims that Russian Federation tried to help Mr Trump win the 2016 election.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the tweet indicated Trump and Sessions "do not have a healthy relationship".