Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general

Donald Trump hits out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions in long-running feud

Donald Trump hits out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions in long-running feud

George Conway is throwing himself into the new mix-up between Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of NY.

Some GOP lawmakers criticized Trump for his attack.

"An all-out assault on the rule of law" is how one former high-ranking Justice Department official described President Donald Trump's latest attack on the department in which he blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the criminal indictments of two politically-loyal Republican congressmen. "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time".

"He continued: ". The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now. He was really just complaining about things that had already been done, unlike when Trump allegedly asked James Comey to drop what was an ongoing FBI investigation of Michael Flynn. The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!

Exactly what course Trump would have preferred is up for debate. It also seemed to indicate that electoral popularity should influence charges. The biggest is that the alternative is to delay prosecutions to help Republicans. But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections.

Under long-standing Justice Department custom, prosecutors generally avoid public disclosure of overt investigative steps involving a candidate for office or election matters within 60 days of an election.

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. Still, Sessions has made clear to associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Trump's constant criticism.

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He went on to say that "the Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", before going on to make the ultimate insult in Trump speak - a comparison to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

"This tweet alone may be an impeachable offense", Toobin stated.

But some now see him as a bulwark against attacks on the Justice Department.

None of this is surprising from Trump.

The outspoken husband of White House special counselor Kellyanne Conway posted an Axios report on Tuesday which covers the president's anger over the Department of Justice's indictments against Chris Collins (R-NY) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA). He's not saying the DOJ works for him and should do his bidding, so much as it should be attentive to partisan political considerations.

Allies, including Republican members of Congress, have long advised Trump that firing Sessions - especially before the November midterm elections - would be deeply damaging to the party.

On Aug. 8, Congressman Christopher Collins, a Republican who was candidate Trump's first supporter in the House, was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served.

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