WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is condemning President Donald Trump's attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling them a "travesty."
Flake, a vocal Trump critic, said Wednesday from the Senate floor that Trump has been "relentlessly slandering" Sessions. He warned that Trump seems headed for "some future assault" on the justice system, perhaps by firing Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller. He urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on legislation to protect Mueller's investigation.
Trump in a recent tweet suggested that Sessions should not have brought criminal charges against two Republican congressmen. He said "two easy wins" in the election were "now in doubt."
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......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2018
Flake says Congress has "the responsibility to curb such reckless behavior" from Trump and appealed to lawmakers to speak out.
Speaking on the senate floor momentarily on the importance of AG Jeff Sessions holding his job and continuing to assert independence when the President asks him to protect his friends and go after his enemies— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 12, 2018