Flake rips Trump's attack on Sessions: He's trying to use DOJ to 'settle political scores'

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeKelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans 'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? MORE (R-Ariz.) condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE's latest attack against Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE on Monday night, saying Trump was trying to use the Department of Justice to "settle political scores."

Flake said in a tweet that Trump was wrong to criticize Sessions for not considering the political consequences of pursuing criminal charges against two GOP lawmakers.

"This is not the conduct of a President committed to defending and upholding the constitution, but rather a President looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores," Flake wrote on Twitter.

Flake, a frequent critic of the president, was condemning Trump's tweets earlier Monday in which he attacked Sessions for pursuing criminal charges against GOP Reps. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsWe can't afford to let local news die House bill would ban stock trading by members of Congress Former Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 2 years in prison for insider trading MORE (N.Y.) and Duncan HunterDuncan HunterLobbying world Duncan Hunter granted delayed start to prison sentence over coronavirus New poll shows tight race in key California House race MORE (Calif.).

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Trump argued that Sessions should have considered the political consequences of pursuing cases against the lawmakers, who both supported Trump early in his presidential campaign.

"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," Trump tweeted.

"Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff," he added.

Collins was charged in August with securities fraud and lying to the FBI about attempts last year to give family members nonpublic stock information to help them avoid losing thousands of dollars in investments.

Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were also charged with misusing $250,000 in campaign funds and falsifying campaign records filed with the Federal Election Commission. The congressman is accused of using campaign funds to pay for family vacations, dental work, golf outings and more.

Collins suspended his reelection campaign last month but has said he is innocent. Hunter, meanwhile, has said that the charges against him are politically motivated and the result of a "witch hunt."