Sessions's honesty was called into question in a court filing made last week by attorneys representing George Papadopoulos, the former campaign official who suggested Trump meet with Putin. The indictment into Collins lays out behavior from 2017. While Hunter plans to run for re-election, Collins is stepping down. His lawyers said Trump "nodded with approval", and Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".
According to Fear: Trump in the White House, a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, aside from his public chastising of Sessions, in private, Trump has called him "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner".
Baker noted that after Watergate, presidents were "careful to restrict White House communications with anyone at Justice except the attorney general, and even then, keeping records of any communication".
"We've removed hundreds of pages and accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior - meaning they misled others about who they were and what they were doing", Sandberg told the Senate Intelligence Committee. When asked about the apparent contradiction between Sessions's testimony and Papadopoulos's statement, Republican lawmakers approached by The Post said they could not remember what the attorney general told Congress past year, or they questioned Papadopoulos's integrity. The Hunter investigation began under Obama.
"Over the past weeks, President Trump and many Republicans have peddled conspiracy theories about Twitter and other social media platforms to whip up their base and fundraise", said Representative Frank Pallone, the committee's top Democrat.
Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded" and described him as a "traitor" for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, the book says, according to The Post.
Some of the issues Trump has raised have either already been examined or are being investigated.
The tension between Trump and Sessions boiled over recently with Sessions punching back, saying that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".
Lawmakers also criticized Alphabet Inc's Google for refusing to send top executives to testify in the Senate on foreign efforts to influence United States politics, with just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections. "It's very important that we respect the fact that justice should be blind".
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told the Times, "I have no reason to believe these prosecutions are politically motivated".
It seems the Trump administration is more concerned about Silicon Valley's alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints than foreign election meddling.