He also falsely claimed that the protesters who descended upon the Capitol to protest Kavanaughs confirmation were paid actors who were upset because they had not been paid.
“Now they want to protest because they didnt get paid yet and they want their money,” he said. He also encouraged Iowans to vote Republican because Democrats would impeach Kavanaugh. “But I have to go first,” Mr. Trump joked, about Democrats desire to impeach him.
President Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at the Mid-America Center on Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Also Tuesday night, the crowd in Iowa began chanting “Lock her up!” about Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Mr. Trump has alleged Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, leaked an allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in an attempt to sink his confirmation. Feinstein has denied her office was the source of the leak.
“Did she leak that? 100 percent,” Mr. Trump said. “I dont want to get sued so 99 percent,” he added quickly.
Following the “Make America Great Again” rally, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to express his thanks to the crowd.
The president announced Tuesday that he has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to allow year-round use of fuel with 15 percent ethanol, or E15. Currently, E15 is banned during the summer months, due to concerns that it contributes to air pollution. This could be a political boon for rural corn-producing states such as Iowa. Farmers in the state had been hurting due to the presidents trade policies, although a recent agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has helped to ease concerns. Mr. Trump discussed how new regulations on E15 and his trade deals are helping Iowa in his rally.
“Today I kept another major promise, as I said, to the people of Iowa,” Mr. Trump said about new regulations on E15, to wild applause. “Hey wait a minute, Ive got to do that again,” the president joked, after the applause died down.
The president met with Republican members of Congress from corn-producing states to make his announcement on E15 Tuesday afternoon, including Rep. David Young. Young is vulnerable to losing his district to Democrat Cindy Axne, and his seat is rated a “toss up” by the CBS News Battleground Tracker. Mr. Trump is set to campaign for him and for Gov. Kim Reynolds.
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Departments decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of the midterm elections, linking the departments actions with his partys political fate.
In a pair of tweets sent midafternoon, Mr. Trump suggested that the Justice Department should not have brought charges against two very popular Republican lawmakers running for re-election so close to November because it could jeopardize the partys control of the House.
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, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff.
In another tweet, he suggested that Mr. Sessions, a former senator who was one of Mr. Trumps only vocal defenders early in his campaign, had fallen into favor with Democrats after the charges were delivered.
The president was most likely referring to two recent cases: Last month, Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he and his wife, Margaret, used more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses. Chris Collins, a Republican of New York and an ardent supporter of Mr. Trumps, was indicted on charges of insider trading.
Mr. Trump has frequently berated Mr. Sessions and publicly questioned his judgment since the attorney generals decision in March 2017 to recuse himself from the special counsels investigation into the Trump campaigns ties with Russia.
Until Monday, Mr. Trump had not so overtly tied the Justice Departments responsibility for pursuing charges against alleged criminals with Republicans election prospects.
Last week, it even appeared that Mr. Trump would stop publicly toying with the idea of removing Mr. Sessions until after the midterm elections.
I just would love to have him do a great job, Mr. Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News in the Oval Office last week. I do question what Jeff is doing.
By calling it the Jeff Sessions Justice Department, Mr. Trump put even more distance between himself and the countrys top law enforcement organization, which is investigating members of his inner circle and his business dealings.
Those inquiries are being conducted by the United States attorneys office in the Southern District of New York and by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian election interference and any ties to the Trump campaign.
Mr. Trumps tweets — sent from the White House on a searingly hot day that kept him from departing for his nearby Virginia golf course — criticized indictments that fall well within the Justice Departments window for bringing charges during an election cycle.
The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice — one for the majority and one for the minority party, Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the president was when the investigations began.
The investigations into Mr. Trumps inner circle have resulted in a string of guilty pleas and convictions that include two members of the Trump campaign and Mr. Trumps personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, and David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer and Mr. Trumps longtime friend, have also cooperated to some degree with federal investigators.
Mr. Trump has used Twitter to cast the investigations into his conduct and that of his associates as witch hunts propagated by career government employees.
Here are all the people connected to President Trump who have been charged with crimes or found to have violated federal ethics rules.
The president is trying to delegitimize the criminal justice system in this country because people close to him are at risk, said Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor.
The Justice Department declined to comment. After Mr. Trump attacked the department, its methods and the outcome of its cases last month, in the wake of prosecutors securing a guilty plea from Mr. Cohen and a guilty verdict for the presidents former campaign manager, Mr. Sessions issued a rare rebuke.
While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations, Mr. Sessions said in his statement. No nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.
Only one of the two indicted congressmen will drop out from his bid for re-election this fall. Mr. Hunter cannot take his name off the ballot in California, and maintains a strong chance of re-election against a first-time Democratic opponent. In the 47-page indictment, Mr. Hunter and his wife are accused of hiding personal expenses as gifts for wounded warriors and using the money to pay for lavish expenditures, including vacations and a plane ticket for a pet rabbit.
Mr. Collins, who pleaded not guilty in early August, announced days later that he would suspend his campaign for re-election in New York. The indictment immediately weakened the chances of Mr. Collinss seat remaining Republican, although the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan political handicapper, maintains that the seat is a likely Republican victory.
Federal prosecutors say Mr. Collins used his seat on the board of an Australian-based drug company to privately tip off his son and other investors — before the information was made public — that the companys only product had failed a do-or-die scientific trial. Because his son and others dumped their stocks before the public announcement, they avoided losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Mr. Collins received the message that tipped him off while he was attending the 2017 congressional picnic at the White House, according to the scene described in court papers.
It was clear that elections were on the presidents mind on Monday. After tweeting about Mr. Sessions, Mr. Trump attacked John Kerry, the former senator and Democratic presidential candidate, for suggesting that he might run again for president in 2020.
I should only be so lucky – although the field that is currently assembling looks really good – FOR ME! Mr. Trump wrote.