A former Department of Justice official expressed alarm over a “damning report” showing that President Donald Trump was angry at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
Matthew Miller, a former communications director for the Justice Department and spokesman for former attorney general Eric Holder, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump’s frustration strongly suggested he wanted Sessions to oversee a cover-up.
“I thought that was a pretty damning report for the president,” Miller said. “Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it. It shouldn’t really matter who’s leading the investigation unless you want the person in charge to somehow steer it in a way that benefits you.”
Sessions recused himself in March from overseeing the FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia after his secret meetings with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were revealed.