According to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Attorney General Jeff Sessions betrayed President Trump when he recused himself from the Justice Department investigation into allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Speaking to CNN on Friday, Rohrabacher said Session’s recusal left the door open for the prolonged investigation led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
“When he recused himself from this whole Russia thing, he knew he was setting in motion the establishment of a special prosecutor and a special prosecutor, as happens in Washington, we understand, is just giving unlimited power to someone to go after you,” Rohrabacher said.
Rohrabacher’s harsh words about Sessions didn’t end there. Earlier in the interview, he made scathing remarks about Sessions, accusing him of betrayal and of being susceptible to outside pressure.
“The American people now are getting a taste of what people in Washington have known over this last year,” Rohrabacher said. “And that is Jeff Sessions betrays the people who have had faith in him and faith in him to do his job and faith in him not to succumb to pressures from the outside, like from CNN and other news bureaus, to try to do their bidding.”
According to the California Republican, Sessions did not need to recuse himself from the probe.
“You don’t do that unless there is some really tangible reason for that, and Jeff Sessions had no real reason to recuse himself,” Rohrabacher said, adding that President Donald J. Trump has a “legitimate right to say he was betrayed.”
According to The New York Times, Trump asked Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation last year, but Sessions did so anyway, under the advisement of officials in the Justice Department.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 5, 2018