Sep 3, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump slams "Sessions Justice Department" for indicting GOP congressmen

President Trump hit Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department Monday over the indictments of Republican congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), that Trump argues put "[t]wo easy wins now in doubt" ahead of the midterms.

Why it matters: Trump is suggesting that political considerations should have played a role in the prosecution of the two congressmen. Collins was arrested in early August for securities fraud. Hunter and his wife were indicted later in the month on charges of using $250,000 in campaign money for personal expenses and for falsifying campaign finance records. Both Collins and Hunter were early supporters of President Trump.

Be smart, from Jonathan Swan: This sets up a bigger crisis than we might have imagined if, as expected, he eventually fires Sessions. How do you find a replacement A.G. who is both confirmable and the modern incarnation of Roy Cohn that Trump openly yearns for?

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