According to a 2016 Justice Department memorandum by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch that CNN cited, 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". Still, investigators are never supposed to take into account the political affiliations of the people they investigate. The indictment into Collins lays out behavior from 2017.
Hunter has not exited his race, while Collins ended his re-election bid days after his indictment.
But while Ryan expressed opposition to Trump's version of justice ― i.e., political corruption ― the speaker didn't say Congress would do anything about Trump's tweet.
Woodward also reportedly wrote that Trump, mimicking Sessions' Southern accent, called his attorney general "mentally retarded" and said that Sessions "couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama".
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Trump insisted he "never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff", adding that "being a southerner is a GREAT thing". While aides described his tweets as the "devil's workshop", Trump has insisted he was the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter.
In response to these attacks on Sessions, the nonprofit advocacy group Protect Democracy released a white paper in March titled No "Absolute Right" to Control DOJ: Constitutional Limits on White House Interference with Law Enforcement Matters. Ben Sasse, a frequent Trump critic, strongly defended the Justice Department in a statement Monday evening.
Trump's tweet drew a scolding from Sen. He briefly exited the White House to a waiting motorcade, but then went back inside without going anywhere. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Hunter investigation began under Obama.
However, he has often been criticised by Trump for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian meddling during the 2016 elections.
"Over the past weeks, President Trump and many Republicans have peddled conspiracy theories about Twitter and other social media platforms to whip up their base and fundraise", said Representative Frank Pallone, the committee's top Democrat.
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He only drew alongside the Ferrari as they approached the braking zone but nailed Raikkonen around the outside. The long run to the first corner will be crucial and Vettel has no buffer between himself and Hamilton .
Corker, in particular, has been unsparing in his criticism of Trump at times, including warning that the President is "debasing" the United States and saying the country would descend into "chaos" if several top administration officials were not in their posts.
The statement comes a week after US President Donald Trump accused Google of an anti-conservative bias, and raised the prospect of antitrust issues involving Facebook, Google and Amazon. Still, Sessions has made clear to associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Trump's constant criticism.
On Monday, Trump had said two congressmen shouldn't have been charged because it hurt the Republican Party.
Former Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara called Trump's tweet "next level insane, inappropriate, unethical, stupid, incriminating". "Look, I mean, that's the emblem of the Justice Department: blind justice, so I think it's very important that we respect the fact that justice should be blind, it should have no impact on political party and I think the process is working the ways as it should".
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A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment, but in past hearings Twitter officials have affirmed the gravity of the situation. Leonard Lance speaks out on what he plans to ask Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the handling of conservative content.