Flake slams Trump's Justice Department attack

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

House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed President Donald Trump's recent tweet suggesting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions erred by filing charges against two Republican members of Congress before the midterms.

The two first Republicans to endorse Trump in the Republican presidential primaries were indicted on separate charges - Rep. Duncan Hunter of California for spending campaign funds for personal expenses and Rep. Chris Collins of NY on insider trading.

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. Collins was charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements along with his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his son's fiancée.

They have pleaded not guilty, but have been removed from their congressional committees.

The president has been a vocal critic of the justice department and has frequently clashed with his attorney general.

"Public perceptions are important", Baker said.

It seems the Trump administration is more concerned about Silicon Valley's alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints than foreign election meddling.




The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that it will look into whether social media platforms are "hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas". Only Collins' case began when former President Barack Obama was in office. Holder pushed back, saying that as attorney general, he had a president he "did not have to protect". Trump has for months lashed out at Sessions because he recused himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe since the former senator served as a top surrogate for the Trump campaign in 2016. But their relationship has been fraught with conflict, particularly after the attorney general recused himself in March 2017 from any Justice Department investigations into Russian meddling in the USA 2016 election. Trump complained to Fox News that he "put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department". Special council Robert Mueller was later on appointed for the investigation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Facebook and Twitter declined to comment on the remarks, which came minutes after the Senate hearing ended.

The authors of the paper wrote that White House interventions based on the president's personal or corrupt interests are "always unconstitutional".

The statement - part of Papadopoulos's effort to reduce his sentence for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - challenges what Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee past year, when said under oath that while he had "no clear recollection of the details" of that conversation, he "wanted to make clear to [Papadopoulos] that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government or any other foreign government".

FILE - Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks to reporters, May 16, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"We've taken the appropriate action", Ryan said, noting that the same steps have been taken in the past when lawmakers are indicted.

US Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat, questioned Trump's comments and whether they were legal. In an interview with Bloomberg last week, Trump said that companies likeFacebook, Google and Amazon could represent a "very antitrust situation." . "It should have no impact on political party".

"No president of the United States, Republican or Democrat, has ever, ever crossed the line and told people, 'Don't prosecute Republicans". The Department of Justice clearly has sufficient evidence to charge Mssrs.

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