Pence: 'I Hold Jeff Sessions in the Highest Regard'

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Facebook and Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. In an interview with Bloomberg last week, Trump said that companies likeFacebook, Google and Amazon could represent a "very antitrust situation." .

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The White House summoned the press pool about 10:30 a.m. for a road trip, and the president emerged from the White House 10 minutes later rocking a red polo shirt, dark trousers and a white MAGA hat.

The US Justice Department said in a statement that it would convene a meeting to discuss whether social-media platforms are purposefully stifling free speech and obstructing competition. Last month Trump directed Sessions to "look into all of the corruption on the "other side". "What business does he have being attorney general?" But Trump, by all appearances, knows nothing about the Collins and Hunter cases.

However, president Donald Trump in his statement said that he can not recall much of the matter and more so what took place in the campaign meeting which he termed as unimportant, this information was seen in a photo memorialized that Trump had posted on Instagram whereby almost a dozen men were sitting around a table among them including president Donal Trump, Jeff Sessions and George Papadopoulos. The president has notably slammed Sessions for refusing to intervene in Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference. Trump complained to Fox News that he "put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department". "The truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton's side", he said.

Shelby also disagrees with Sessions being called "mentally retarded". "Really sick!" Trump tweeted.

"I think that's strong words", he added. "He made this up to divide!"

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Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted that Trump was "looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores". Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson said "I resent that", when asked about Trump's mockery of Sessions' southern accent.

"Totally inappropriate", said Wisconsin Sen.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the President's tweets.

It seems the Trump administration is more concerned about Silicon Valley's alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints than foreign election meddling. Sessions recently pushed back, saying publicly that he will not allow political manipulation of the department.

As has happened before, some senior Republicans on Capitol Hill rushed to Sessions' defense and expressed confidence in his performance.

The New Jersey Senator was not facing a reelection campaign at the time.

He tweeted: "This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further". Mueller is now leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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