Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general

Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general

Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general

WASHINGTON-President Trump renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, decrying his Justice Department's recent indictments of two Republican House members because of the political ramifications for the GOP.

The move represents a significant escalation of the political scrutiny facing tech firms, and comes a week after President Trump blasted Google for allegedly shutting out conservative voices. But last month Duncan Hunter, a California representative, was charged with misuse of campaign funds while Chris Collins of NY was indicted for insider trading - over a share tip alleged to have been made in 2017, when Trump was in power.

Top executives from Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) will defend their companies in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday over what lawmakers see as a failure to combat continuing foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that the justice department's decision to file charges put "easy wins now in doubt". Good job Jeff, ' the first one said.

Trump continued, arguing that Democrats must be very happy with his attorney general. "He thinks the entire federal government works for him at his beck and call".

As a result of the insider tip, prosecutors say Cameron Collins avoided $570,900 in stock losses and his fiancee's parents prevented a loss of $143,900.

"Only in -- in North Korea the leader may say you may prosecute this person not this person".

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All of that happened because the President of the United States said a local police force had "acted stupidly" in arresting a guy trying to get into his own house. "Made my blood boil".

Trump's tweet drew a scolding from Sen.

"This should concern every senator and every American and frankly hangs over this confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh", he said. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion. After the recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe, which Trump calls a "witch hunt".

Mr Trump has often clashed with Mr Sessions over the Russian Federation inquiry.

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.

"We've removed hundreds of pages and accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior - meaning they misled others about who they were and what they were doing", Sandberg said in written testimony released on Tuesday. "He's entitled to his opinion, and maybe he thinks the policy ought to change. I just know that I think it's important to have a consistent policy". But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections. "Law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of investigative steps or criminal charges for the goal of affecting any election, or for the objective of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party", reads a 2016 Justice Department memorandum issued by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which mirrors language issued by previous attorneys general ahead of federal elections.

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