WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed President Donald Trump’s recent tweet suggesting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions erred by filing charges against two Republican members of Congress before the midterms.
“Justice is blind. Justice should be blind. It should have no respect … to political party,” Ryan (R-Wis.) said during a press briefing Wednesday. “I think it’s very important that we respect the fact that justice should be blind. It should have no impact on political party and I think the process is working its way as it should.”
On Monday, Trump tweeted that the charges against “two very popular Republican Congressmen” put two “easy wins” 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
Trump was likely referring to Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y). and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).
Collins was charged with insider trading, and Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were charged with campaign finance violations and fraud.
The White House has not yet formally addressed the president’s tweet.
On Wednesday, Ryan said Congress has taken appropriate actions by removing the two members from their committee assignments.