Trump Attacks Sessions for Investigations of Two Indicted GOP Congressmen

“Good job Jeff.”

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President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday in a series of tweets for pursuing investigations into two recently indicted Republican congressmen. 

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), two of Trump’s earliest supporters in Congress, have both pleaded not guilty in recent weeks to federal charges. Collins is accused of various crimes related to insider trading. Hunter is facing a suite of charges related to misusing campaign funds. 

On Monday, Trump echoed the sentiment of many election observers that these developments might contribute to a blue wave this November. However, the president took it a step further, calling out the country’s chief law enforcement official for putting “two easy wins” in doubt.

“Good job Jeff,” Trump added.

Sessions has been under increasing fire from the president as Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, from which Sessions has (nominally) recused himself, has appeared to home in on the Trump campaign. 

With Monday’s tweets, Trump united the two big political dramas—the midterm elections and the Mueller investigation—and made clear that he views any actions by the Justice Department through the prism of how it pertains to him, his party, and their shared fortune. 

“Really sick,” the president added.

Indeed.

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