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President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The president's striking suggestion that the Justice Department consider politics when making decisions showed his disregard for the agency's independence. Duncan Hunter of Alpine, who was charged last month with spending campaign funds on personal expenses and falsifying federal reports on his political finances, and Chris Collins of NY, who two weeks earlier was accused of insider trading and lying to the FBI.

Trump chose to say nothing about what his two congressional backers have been accused of, instead complaining about politically inconvenient it is that the charges endanger their positions ahead of the midterm elections.

There has typically been a separation between the White House and the Justice Department, but Trump has frequently disregarded those norms, giving orders to Sessions.

But he was apparently referring to the first two Republicans to endorse him in the GOP presidential primaries. The president blasted Sessions for failing to rein in what he called an "illegal investigation" by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump and his campaign aides colluded with Russians in the 2016 election.

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

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Allies, including Republican members of Congress, have long advised Trump that firing Sessions - especially before the November midterm elections - would be deeply damaging to the party.

Trump pointed to the popularity of the two men who faced an easy re-election before being indicted. Trump also defended his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and insisted he was unfairly treated, even after Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes.

"He continued: ". The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now. Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact. "Really sick!" he wrote.

While Trump suggested the investigations into the two lawmakers began during the Obama administration, the charges against Collins stem from actions he allegedly took past year - including calls he placed while at the White House for a congressional picnic hosted by Trump.

The Hunter investigation began in June 2016, according to the indictment.

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Trump's tweet "next level insane, inappropriate, unethical, stupid, incriminating".


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