In recent days, Mr. Trump has been wildly ranting on Twitter every chance he gets, continuing to whine that the Russia probe is a “rigged witch hunt,” and making every attempt he can to discredit the media, the FBI, Department of Justice, and Special Counsel Mueller’s team. Some legislative leaders are starting to fight back against the president’s utter nonsense though.
On Monday, Trump issued tweets criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for pursing criminal charges against two GOP congressman Representatives Chris Collins (NY) and Duncan Hunter (CA). Collins and Hunter were both early backers of Trump.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse (NE) quickly responded with a strong statement, saying:
‘The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice – one for the majority party and one for the minority party.’
He went on to say:
‘These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began.
‘Instead of commenting on ongoing investigations and prosecutions, the job of the President of the United States is to defend the Constitution and protect the impartial administration of justice.’
This isn’t the only time Sasse has ever criticized Trump. Last month, he came to Sessions’ defense after Mr. Trump lashed out at him. On the Senate floor, Sasse said:
‘It would be a very, very, very bad idea to fire the attorney general because he’s not executing his job as a political hack. That is not the job of the attorney general.’
Even Trump’s lawyers are now advising him that firing Sessions would be a bad idea. According to POLITICO:
‘Inside the White House, the president’s lawyers have changed their tune, too. They once warned Trump that firing Sessions would help Mueller build an obstruction of justice case, particularly because the president had fulminated in both public and private about his recusal from the Russia probe.
‘They have come to believe, however, that if Mueller wants to build an obstruction case around Sessions, he has the fodder he needs in the form of a January 2018 New York Times report indicating that the president instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to prevent Sessions from recusing himself — and that Trump aides have talked with Mueller about the episode.’
In August, Rep. Collins was charged by the Department of Justice with securities fraud and lying to the FBI about his efforts to give family members nonpublic stock information to help avoid thousands of dollars in investment losses.
The DOJ also charged Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter with misusing $250,000 in campaign funds and falsifying campaign records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Hunter is accused of using the campaign funds for personal gain including for family vacations, dental work, and golf outings.
Collins has continued to deny the allegations, but suspended his reelection campaign last month. He maintains that the charges against him are politically motivated.
The more the man in the Oval Office opens his mouth or strikes his keyboard, he digs himself an even deeper hole.
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