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They were charged with wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy after a Justice Department investigation that lasted more than a year.

But just by way of context, let me take you back to the summer of 2009, when, following the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a new-on-the-job President Barack Obama said that the Cambridge police had "acted stupidly" in arresting a man who had clear evidence he was trying to enter his own home.

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Trump's tweet "next level insane, inappropriate, unethical, stupid, incriminating".

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with several state attorneys general to discuss whether social media companies are "intentionally stifling" free speech and obstructing competition, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

On Aug. 8, Congressman Christopher Collins, a Republican who was candidate Trump's first supporter in the House, was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which did not name the congressmen.

What we have here - regardless of your party affiliation - is this: The President of the United States is openly questioning the indictments of two sitting Republican members of Congress by a Republican-led Justice Department. The two men were Trump's earliest supporters in Congress, and the indictments are fodder for Democrats heading into November 6 elections that may give them control of the House. He has denigrated the FBI, impugned the motives of judges, attacked the investigation into his campaign's involvement with a foreign adversary, repeatedly ridiculed his attorney general and called for political rivals to be imprisoned.

Geoffrey Berman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, oversaw the indictment last month of Collins on charges of insider trading.

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FILE - Attorney General Jeff Sessions reads from a statute about his recusal while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Mr Trump then compared the Attorney General with "Lyin' James Comey", claiming the Democrats must love Mr Sessions now.

Mr Trump has often clashed with Mr Sessions over the Russian Federation inquiry. The investigation into Mr Hunter began under the presidency of Barack Obama, but the Collins inquiry was launched past year.

Trump's suggestion that Sessions should have withheld charges against two fellow Republicans for purely political reasons seemed a remarkably unapologetic blurring of a traditional line between presidential authority and the law.

The president's latest attack on Sessions drew widespread criticism.

The president also compared Sessions unfavorably to Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired, "Lyin" James Comey, ' saying they'd become martyrs to the very same lawmakers who'd previously despised them after resisting orders from Trump.

For her Labor Day weekend episode of Justice With Judge Jeanine, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro dedicated her opening monologue to personally and professionally trashing Trump's attorney general as a witless "shill" and as a pathetic enabler of supposed "corruption by the Democrats".