Democratic members of Congress are warning that the Justice Department is being targeted by President Donald Trump's tweet politicizing two investigations into GOP House members by the Justice Department, where Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains at the helm. All three pleaded not guilty.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the President's tweets.
It's hard - amid all of the norm-busting that Trump has done since he announced for president in June 2015 - to register any real shock over anything he says or tweets these days.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian efforts to influence USA public opinion throughout President Donald Trump's presidency, after US intelligence agencies concluded that entities backed by the Kremlin had sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016.
Hunter was charged with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including family vacations, school tuition, and theater tickets.
Trump did not name the Republican congressmen, but he apparently was referring to the first two Republicans to endorse him in the GOP presidential primaries. After the recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe, which Trump calls a "witch hunt".More news: China to give $60 billion in financial support to Africa, Xi says
He added sarcastically: "Good job Jeff ..." What do they think Mr. McCain would say about a president who wanted to use the Justice Department to go after his enemies and protect his friends?
All public evidence suggests Collins' investigation began under Trump, not Obama. But his latest tweeted tirade over the Justice Department's decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen represents a grotesque new low that should alarm anyone who cares about our democracy.
Some Democrats have spoken out loudly about Trump's shaming of Sessions. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) - most tried to ignore the tweet, which CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday "may be an impeachable offense".
Trump's denunciation of Sessions "crosses a well-established line", said Nancy V. Baker, emeritus professor of government at New Mexico State University and author of Conflicting Loyalties: Law and Politics in the Attorney General's Office.
But there has been a growing drumbeat of attacks against the tech companies from conservative quarters, with President Trump himself, and some of his allies, at the forefront.
Trump has frequently suggested he views the Justice Department less as a law enforcement agency and more as a department that is supposed to do his personal and political bidding.