President Trump tells Bloomberg he will not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the midterms, threatens to pull the USA out of the World Trade Organization if it does not 'shape up'. The two were the first members of Congress to endorse Trump after he announced his bid for president in 2015, at a time when few others did. "Really sick!" Trump added in another tweet.
Trump stayed at the White House on Monday, watching television.
Over two tweets, he accused Mr. Sessions of becoming a Democratic tool, apparently over the recent federal indictments of two sitting Republican House members - Reps.
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. Calling the agency the "Jeff Sessions Justice Department" is the president's ultimate insult, Trump advisers say.
The tweet marked Trump's latest attack on the Justice Department, which has a long history of carrying out investigations and pursuing indictments in a nonpartisan fashion.
A spokeswoman for Sessions declined comment, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Collins was charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme.
Trump pointed to the popularity of the two men who faced an easy re-election before being indicted.
"This is not the conduct of a President committed to defending and upholding the constitution, but rather a President looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores", Flake wrote on Twitter. The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!
Trump, who did not address the specifics of the charges, did not name the Republicans.
Hunter and his wife, Margaret, illegally used campaign funds to pay personal bills big and small, from luxury vacations to kids' school lunches and even a plane ticket for their pet rabbit, according to a stinging, 47-page indictment. It also seemed to indicate that electoral popularity should influence charges. Mr Trump has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt".
The Justice Department also began investigating Hunter a year ago, with the House Ethics Committee announcing in March 2017 that it was holding off on taking action against Hunter because the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into his use of campaign funds.