Toobin: Trump tweet attacking Sessions over indictments ‘may be an impeachable offense’

Larry Hoffman
September 4, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday launched a fresh attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing him of jeopardizing the chances of re-election for two Republican congressmen by bringing criminal charges against them just before the midterm elections.

Trump, who did not address the specifics of the charges, did not name the Republicans.

Duncan Hunter of California faces accusations that include spending campaign funds for personal expenses, while Chris Collins of NY has been charged with insider trading.

"Good job Jeff", Trump said in a tweet, followed by another saying that "Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now".

There was significant uproar yesterday when Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions (again) over the charges against Chris Collins (R-NY) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA). "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began", he said in a statement. Same thing with Lyin' James Comey.

The Hunters overdrew their personal bank accounts more 1,100 times in a seven-year period, according to the indictment, resulting in $37,761 in "overdraft" and "insufficient funds" bank fees. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact. He was also under investigation by congressional ethics officials.

Despite Trump's claim that both investigations began under Democratic President Barack Obama, Collins was charged over trades in June 2017 - almost six months after Trump took office. "Really sick!" Trump added in another tweet.

Trump stayed at the White House on Monday, watching television.

Under long-standing Justice Department custom, prosecutors generally avoid public disclosure of overt investigative steps involving a candidate for office or election matters within 60 days of an election.

The attorney general has told associates that he has no intention of leaving his job voluntarily despite Mr Trump's constant criticism. But in what is expected to be a charged debate over Sessions's successor - a debate likely to try even some Republican senators wary of Trump's maneuvers - tweets like the ones Sunday aren't exactly going to tamp down the idea Trump is searching for a political crusader to lead the DOJ. Trump would probably argue that he's saying no indictments should be handed down this close to an election, regardless of party.

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