Rarely, though, has he made it so explicit that he views the Justice Department as a political tool that is now being misused.
Hunter has not exited his race, while Collins ended his re-election bid days after his indictment. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Trump suggested that allowing Hunter and Collins to run for their Republican seats in the upcoming midterm elections without informing the public of the charges would be preferable to following the rule of law, and sarcastically slammed Sessions for potentially harming the GOP's control over Congress.
"The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now". He was really just complaining about things that had already been done, unlike when Trump allegedly asked James Comey to drop what was an ongoing FBI investigation of Michael Flynn. "So he'll force out Sessions and then find there's no one who will take the job who the Senate Republicans can support". Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact.
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Trump continued, arguing that Democrats must be very happy with his attorney general.
Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) released a statement saying, "The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party". Trump would probably argue that he's saying no indictments should be handed down this close to an election, regardless of party.
A few minutes after the tweet on Sessions, Trump added a second tweet attacking former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, asserting that Democrats did not like Comey until Trump fired him in 2017. After the recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe, which Trump calls a "witch hunt".
Collins has suspended his reelection campaign, while Hunter is running for reelection, alleging political bias by the Justice Department.
Of course, Toobin's hypothetical is a totally different situation, mainly since Trump wasn't recommending that Sessions or anyone else in the Justice Department cease what they're now doing.