United States Senator Ben Sasse backs Attorney General Jeff Sessions and rejects criticism of Sessions leveled by President Donald Trump.
Trump, a Republican, renewed his criticism of Sessions after the Department of Justice brought criminal charges against two Republican Congressmen ahead of the mid-term elections.
Sasse, a Republican, says Sessions is doing his job.
“No Attorney General should be fired when they’re doing their job. No Attorney General should be fired for trying to make sure that justice is blind,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I came here partly because I want to see the swamp drained and I don’t really care whether or not a Congressman who’s indicted for insider trading or indicted for embezzling campaign funds is a Democrat or is a Republican. I want fewer of those people around here.”
The president didn’t name the two Congressmen, but Republican Duncan Hunter of California is accused of misusing campaign funds and Republican Chris Collins of New York is accused of insider trading in indictments issued by the Justice Department. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Trump suggested in Tweets this weekend the Justice Department should not have brought charges against two Republicans he described as “very popular.”
“Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff,” Trump Tweeted.
Trump has criticized Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interests to win the 2016 presidential election.
Sasse, a Republican, says the Attorney General and federal prosecutors should not pay attention to the party when pursuing criminal indictments.
“We shouldn’t have a majority party and a minority party vision of justice and who should be prosecuted in America,” Sasses says. “We should have a rule of law-based logic for who gets prosecuted in America and I think Jeff Sessions is doing a great job and he should remain in that office.”
Sasse says Trump should not be Tweeting from the White House his criticism of Sessions.
“The president Tweets a whole bunch of things which are unhelpful,” Sasse says. “The president seemed to be saying on Sunday afternoon that he would like to see justice politicized. That’s not the president’s job. The president’s job is not to comment on on-going prosecutorial or investigatory matter. The president’s job is to defend the rule of law and a colorblind system of justice.”