The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has expressed a "growing concern" that social media companies may be "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas" on their platforms, the Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday.
"This should concern every senator and every American and frankly hangs over this confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh", he said. "I think [Trump's] was a comment not created to obstruct justice but in my view, not appropriate". According to a New York Times investigation, the bans have cut traffic to Jones' Infowars site in half - from about 1.4m daily visits to just 715,000.
Trump's tweet was his latest effort to press the government's chief law enforcement agency to react to his personal and political views.
Since Sessions' recusal, Trump has lashed out at him multiple times, blaming the attorney general for multiple offenses, including "being weak on Hillary Clinton" and the Russian Federation investigation.
The Fox analyst said it seemed inappropriate for Trump to weigh in and say the DOJ should not be investigating his congressional allies because it could hurt the party in the midterm elections.
The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Trump also defended his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and insisted he was unfairly treated, even after Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes.
Although presidents and attorney generals have clashed in previous administrations, experts see Trump as breaking new ground in terms of the public and aggressive ways he pressures Sessions.
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"So the justice system is under attack, and I'll be looking forward to statements from this nominee as a court of appeals judge, let alone nominee of the United States Supreme Court", he added shortly before confirmation hearings were set to begin for Kavanaugh.
"This tweet alone may be an impeachable offense", Toobin said Tuesday morning, calling it a "disgrace" that could have had harsh consequences if made by someone in a lower position. I think the president's probably got a lot of respect for the South, I hope so. I haven't talked to him about it. "But I just, I won't comment on that". But some have indicated that Trump may make a change after the elections.
He said the DOJ would have been "most unwise" to wait until after the midterms to issue these indictments.
However, Nebraska Republican Sen.
A decision by the Justice Department to hold off on prosecuting two Republican congressmen up for re-election in order to help them win would have been highly unethical and a blatantly politically motivated violation of the department's nonpartisan mission.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday Dorsey has at times favored allowing controversial personalities such as Infowars' Alex Jones and white nationalist leader Richard Spencer on his social media platform, despite objections from some of Dorsey's staff.