Sasse on Trump's DOJ Criticism: U.S. 'Not Some Banana Republic'

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It was an unusual break from President Donald Trump's continued scathing criticism of Sessions for recusing himself from the federal investigation into Russian election interference.

Trump did not address the charges themselves or name the congressmen, but the tweet was apparently referring to the indictments this summer of Representatives Chris Collins of NY and Duncan D. Hunter of California, the president's two earliest congressional endorsers.

The Justice Department said on Wednesday that it will meet with state attorneys general to discuss concerns that social media platforms were "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas".

"Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time", he complained, noting that Democrats must "love" Sessions as the attorney general.

Last month Duncan Hunter, a California representative, was charged with the misuse of campaign funds while Chris Collins of NY was indicted for insider trading.

Shortly after executives from Facebook and Twitter testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department announced a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss "growing concern" about censorship by social-media platforms, suggesting they are violating antitrust laws.

A spokeswoman for Mr Sessions declined to comment, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Of course, Toobin's hypothetical is a totally different situation, mainly since Trump wasn't recommending that Sessions or anyone else in the Justice Department cease what they're now doing.

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Sen. Dick Durbin, the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, called Trump's actions, including firing former FBI Director James Comey and his tweets that criticized Sessions, "unprecedented in American history". But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections.

Trump has previously pressed Sessions to investigate his perceived enemies and has accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department.

It also raises fresh questions about whether President Donald Trump's own rhetoric may undercut the Justice Department's efforts.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, called Trump's actions "unprecedented in American history".

Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont compared Trump's comment to North Korea, and noted his previous experience as a prosecutor.

With lawmakers like Graham, who is also a key Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggesting that the president is close to firing Sessions, and with Trump himself clearly appearing to be more and more frustrated with the attorney general as each day goes by, Sessions' firing seems imminent - nearly guaranteed. I know they've got a strained, toxic relationship.

Mr Trump asked the attorney general to end special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on 1 August.

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