File photo of US Vice President, Mike Pence
File photo of US Vice President, Mike Pence

US Vice President praises Sessions

ANI | Updated: Sep 06, 2018 06:33 IST

Washington D. C. [USA], Sep 06 (ANI): Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, on Wednesday heaped words of praise on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is facing the ire of President Donald Trump over the Department of Justice investigations into two GOP Congressmen.
"I hold Jeff Sessions in the highest regard. I appreciate his service to the nation," Pence was quoted by the CNN as saying.
Former Alabama Senator, Sessions was one of the first members of Congress to come out in support of President Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential elections.
However, he has often been criticised by Trump for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian meddling during the 2016 elections.
The most recent of Trump's criticisms for Sessions were over the investigations into GOP (Republican) Congressmen Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York, Fox News reported.
Hunter, along with his wife Margaret, was formally charged over allegations of illegally converting around $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and filing fake records last month. Collins was in August charged over allegations of insider trading, with the alleged insider trading being traced back to June 2017 by prosecutors, after Trump assumed office.
On September 3, Trump took to Twitter to slam Sessions, saying that he has endangered two "easy wins" in the upcoming midterm elections.
"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.
Sessions responded to Trump's remarks through a statement, saying, "While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."
Last month, the US President tweeted that Sessions, "doesn't understand what is happening underneath his command position." (ANI)

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