President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former US attorney Matthew Whitaker because he wants Whitaker to hamper the Russia investigation.
Speaking to The Daily Caller, Trump called Whitaker “somebody that’s very respected” and tacked on, “As far as I’m concerned, this is an investigation that should have never been brought.”
The statement is reminiscent of Trump’s admission to NBC’s Lester Holt last year that he ousted then FBI director James Comey because of the Russia investigation.
“What is so unusual about Trump is that he publicly forecasts his motivation in a way that is self-defeating and self-incriminating,” one DOJ veteran told INSIDER.
Trump’s interview with The Daily Caller comes following a series of bombshell developments in the Russia investigation, indicating that the president is increasingly worried about what the special counsel Robert Mueller has.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday indicated during an interview that he tapped former…