Donald Trump threw an embarrassing tantrum on Wednesday, telling The New York Times that he is furious that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Trump told the newspaper that “Sessions should have never recused himself” from the Russia inquiry and that he would have never chosen him to be the attorney general had he known that would happen.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” Trump said. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
Trump’s tantrum wasn’t over yet, though.
Trump also fumed about the lies Sessions told during his Senate confirmation hearing: “Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers. He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”
The fact that Trump is angry at Sessions for removing himself from the Russia investigation suggests the president intended to use his attorney general as political cover – the same way he tried to use former FBI James Comey.
If the president and his team have nothing to hide, they wouldn’t care who was investigating the matter so long as the inquiry is fair and gets to the bottom of what happened.
The Department of Justice is not supposed to do the bidding of the President of the United States – in fact, just the opposite; it’s supposed to be independent of Trump.
Once again, not only is the president showing that he has no idea how the U.S. government works, but he is worried about where the Russia investigation is headed.